Thierry Henry yet to decide on future, wants to help Arsenal win UCL
Thierry Henry has told L'Equipe he remains undecided whether to retire at the end of the MLS season next month, but acknowledged he would love to help Arsenal win the Champions League when he does finally hang up his boots.
Henry, 37, will try to lead the New York Red Bulls to the MLS Cup final by overturning their 2-1 deficit when they face the New England Revolution in Saturday's second leg of the Eastern Conference final.
There has been speculation this season could be Henry's swansong, bringing down the curtain on a glorious career that brought him World Cup and European Championship winners' medals in 1998 and 2000 respectively as well as a whole host of silverware at club level with Arsenal and Barcelona.
However, the striker insisted his future as a player is uncertain.
"Nothing is clear," he said. "I still haven't taken a decision and it's not my thing to speculate. One thing is certain: I am going to stay in football, to coach, as a pundit, official, we'll see."
Henry does have a clear vision of himself returning to the Gunners, for whom he netted a club record 228 goals, and harbours ambitions of helping the Gunners do something he could not do for them as a player -- achieve European glory.
"Another thing is certain: I would like to see Arsenal win the Champions League. Whether I see that from afar or up close is not up to me, but it's sure that I would like to help, because it's my club and as a player I wasn't able to bring them the Champions League," he said, adding he will head back across the Atlantic once his stint in New York ends.
"I'm at home in England. My 'Home Sweet Home' is London. My club is Arsenal. When I left the club, a little part of me died. I cried, and that doesn't happen to me often, even when I was a child."
Idolised by Arsenal fans, Henry even has a statue of himself celebrating one of his numerous goals outside the club's Emirates Stadium, an honour that still leaves him humbled.
"Statues are for heroes, and I'm not one," he said. "I have saved no one's life, I just kicked a ball."