Usmanov demands Henry be added to Arsenal coaching staff

Arsenal powerbroker Alisher Usmanov wants to see Thierry Henry added to the coaching staff.

Arsenal powerbroker Alisher Usmanov wants to see Thierry Henry added to the coaching staff.

Usmanov, who owns a 29 per cent stake in the club and is still fighting for a place on the Arsenal board, is known to think manager Arsene Wenger needs more help within his coaching set-up.

The Russian, 59, says French striker Henry has a "more important role" than just to return as a player when he comes to the club on loan from New York Red Bulls next month.

He told the Daily Mail: "I don't have any powers in terms of decisions at the club but there are a few players with whom I am in contact.

"My favourite is probably Thierry Henry. Thierry should be involved at the club but not as a player. He has another role to play, a more important role.

"Take Patrick Vieira at Manchester City. He is also a symbol of Arsenal but he is helping another club. We have to avoid that with Thierry. The presence of a champion can radically change the soul of a team.

"That is what Thierry showed last year when he came back to Arsenal but I think that comebacks only succeed once. That's why I think the decision to come back belongs only to Thierry."

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