Thierry Henry eyeing third spell at Arsenal

Thierry Henry admits he would return for a third spell at Arsenal but insists he hasn’t held discussions with the North London club.

The former France international made an emotional return to the Emirates Stadium in January after manager Arsene Wenger signed him on a short-term loan from New York Redbulls.

Henry was able to join up with the Gunners during the Major League Soccer off-season to maintain his fitness and hinted that a similar deal could be in place for next term.

The 34-year-old is the clubs all-time leading goalscorer with 226 goals in  369 appearances and scored twice in a series of cameo appearances including a vital winner away at Sunderland earlier this year.

“I would like to go back to England with Arsenal for sure,” Henry said.

“I wasn’t planning to go back to play last season. It was only because Gervinho and (Marouane) Chamakh went to the African Nations Cup.

“I was there to train and they asked me if I wanted to play. Who knows what might happen in the future?”

With 18-months left to run on his contract in the United States there has been talk of Henry taking up a coaching position at Arsenal once the time comes to hang up his boots.

And the Frenchman revealed he is already contemplating retirement and life after football but will return to the club where he won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Community Shields during an eight-year spell after joining from Juventus in 1999.

He said: “I’ve not yet spoken to Arsene (Wenger) about it so I don’t know what capacity I could go back in.

“Coaching does interest me but I don’t know what my talent is going to be after I have finished my career. But I will go back to Arsenal.”