Thierry Henry has decided to quit his role as a coach at Arsenal after he was told to choose between working for the club and being a TV pundit, The Sun is reporting.
There were reports earlier that Henry was given an ultimatum by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to either become fully committed to his role as a coach at the U18s or leave and focus on his other career as a TV pundit.
And according to The Sun, the Arsenal legend has chosen the latter.
Henry was reportedly working for four days a week as a coach in the club’s youth set-up, as he pursues his UEFA Pro Licence badge.
The former France international had sparked outrage at the Emirates when he claimed last year that the Gunners couldn’t win the Premier League with Olivier Giroud as first choice striker, a statement which was believed not have gone down well with the club hierarchy, especially boss Wenger.
And according to multiple reports, Henry was working for free at the club, and turned down the chance to earn money for his work.
But with the ultimatum given to him, the Arsenal all-time highest goal scorer has reportedly chosen to stick with his TV punditry role, which is believed to fetch him a cool £4million annually.
The Sun however still reports that ‘senior figures at the club are understood to be astonished that Wenger has made the move to jettison a man who is arguably Arsenal’s greatest-ever player’.
Henry scored 228 goals in 376 appearances in two spells at the club, making him their all-time top scorer.
He has severally been touted as a future Arsenal manager but it now remains to be seen what this latest development will do to his relationship with the club.