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Arsenal predict Henry as star spotter

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger sees Thierry Henry as having the eye to unearth the next great talent. The 37-year-old former Gunners' striker is to return to England to take up a new role as a media pundit and will also work on his coaching badges, which could well involve some sort of link up again with Arsenal, for whom he scored a club record 228 goals.

While Henry feels he still has so much to learn before he can consider taking on a management position, Wenger believes the Frenchman already possesses one of the most important traits of the job.

"As well as his extraordinary passion for football, he always showed an incredible insight in his judgement of players. He has a real ability to unearth talent," Wenger told L'Equipe.

The Gunners boss believes Henry's determination will help him succeed in the dugout. Wenger added: "Thierry is blessed with a strong personality and he could get angry, but once he had refound his calm, he was always very clear-headed.

"Ninety per cent of the time, it was a pleasure and 10 per cent we could feel the little differences in our view of things."

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