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Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov wants role for Henry

Fri 14th Dec 2012 | Football Club Management

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov believes club legend Thierry Henry has an 'important' role to play at the Emirates Stadium, but not as a player.

Henry is reportedly set to rejoin Arsenal on loan from New York Red Bulls in January and it will be his third stint as a player with Arsene Wenger's side.

However, Usmanov wants the striker to have an influence at Arsenal once he retires from playing and does not want to see Henry follow the same path as his old team-mate Patrick Vieira.

Former Gunners captain Vieira is the football development executive at Manchester City and Usmanov feels it is important Henry is part of Arsenal's long-term future.

"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, including Thierry Henry," said Usmanov.

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

"Look at 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."

Posted by: Kev Howland

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