Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has played down the significance of his recent departure from the club.
The 38-year-old will not coach Arsenal’s Under-18 side having opted to continue in his role as a television pundit.
Henry, who is Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer, had worked with the club’s academy players last season as he studied to gain his UEFA ‘A’ Licence.
He is employed by Sky to help cover Premier League football, also appearing on the BBC’s Euro 2016 output, but when he was offered a role within the Arsenal set-up by manager Arsene Wenger he was told he would have to step down as a pundit.
Much was made of Henry’s decision to pursue his television career, but the former Juventus and Barcelona forward has since clarified his position.
“Nothing will change with my love for Arsenal,” he told The Sun.
“First and foremost, I wasn’t an employee. I was allowed to go and pass my badges there. This decision was taken months ago, but I guess it came out now because the new season started and I wasn’t there.
“I have a current job. In my spare time, for free, I wanted to impart my knowledge and experiences in the game to the youngsters, while completing my coaching hours and also gaining knowledge to pass my pro licence.
“That is how it is, it was a dilemma that wasn’t really a dilemma. I have to work. I respect the decision and if I can’t complete my hours there, then I will do it somewhere else. It isn’t an issue.”