Five destinations for French football icon Thierry Henry
Following the announcement that Thierry Henry is leaving MLS franchise New York Red Bulls, Coral’s football experts began to wonder where his future lies.
Could we see Arsenal and France’s all-time leading marksman back for a last hurrah in the Premier League? Might he return home? We’ve come up with five options for Henry to make sure he doesn’t lose his va-va-voom!
An emotional return to the Emirates would just about placate every single disgruntled Gunners fan. Some sections of the support have called for Arsene Wenger’s head following a dip in form that the long-serving French coach appears to have since addressed.
What a masterstroke it would be to bring Henry back for a third and final stint at Arsenal, even just on a short-term deal until the end of the season. The Gunners are odds-on at 4/7 for a top four finish and 7/2 chances to win a major trophy this term, so their greatest-ever striker could help them achieve those feats.
Henry’s former France teammate Laurent Blanc has been rather coy about bringing him to the Ligue 1 champions. PSG have Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Uruguay frontman Edinson Cavani catapulting them on the Europe stage and establishing them as the dominant domestic force.
Would this be an extra luxury and Parc des Princes selection headache Blanc simply doesn’t need? Even a short-term contract would hamper the progress of academy product Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, although he would undoubtedly benefit from training alongside a national sporting icon like Henry. PSG are 16/1 shots to win the Champions League.
With a recent change of management at the Istanbul giants, we’re not entirely convinced this would be the best fit for Henry, but we do know Gala are interested in him. Coral’s media partners talkSPORT broke that story earlier this week.
Henry would definitely be the main man at the Turk Telekom Arena, with creative force Wesley Sneijder and Macedonia attacker Goran Pandev supplying him. Like with PSG, you have to wonder whether his presence would have an adverse effect on Portuguese prodigy Bruma’s prospects of playing time.
Former club Monaco are in need of a box office draw following the summer exits of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao. It has left something of a void at the rich principality, which an ageing Dimitar Berbatov is struggling to fill.
Pairing the former Spurs striker with ex-Arsenal man Henry would give Leonardo Jardim an attack with all the talents; skill, speed, strength and clever movement. At Monaco, he would also have giant Ivory Coast international Lacina Traore to play off and silky midfielder Joao Moutinho to pick him out
No, it’s not a misprint. Having played for Barcelona, Henry must have some mastery of Spanish. New Sociedad boss David Moyes will want to freshen things up in the winter window, and who better to help him than this player? As well as this, the new boss and Henry both speak English, so the Frenchman could provide a link to the rest of the team.
Henry’s Arsenal career overlapped with the start of Mexico forward Carlos Vela’s, so he could take him under his wing again in the Basque Country and together fire Sociedad to safety.