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Theirry Henry admits he will always say yes to Arsenal – as pressure grows on Arsene Wenger.
Henry is among the front-runners to replace Wenger in the summer with another defeat this weekend increasing the pressure on the Arsenal boss.
Arsenal have now lost three games on the bounce, and four in their last six with the Europa League providing the only rest bite.
Henry is among the bookmakers favourites for the job and he admits he could never turn the club down.
Asked if would want the job should a vacancy arise, he told Sky Sports: “Listen, I’m a competitor, you don’t back down from a challenge.
“We are hypothetically speaking before people jump ahead of everything, [but] I have never backed down from a challenge since I was young.
“If I had listened to people who were talking about where I was going to be, I would not have been here.
“When I arrived at Arsenal, they said to me, ‘Why are you outside of the box, you will never score goals?’ with my position being on the left or whatever it was. You don’t back down from a challenge, you always think that you can.
“When I came back to play for Arsenal, everybody, all my friends were saying, ‘It can only tarnish your legacy, why are you going back there?’.
“If you love a place and they ask – I repeat, they ask – for help, you are always going to say yes. What I am saying to you is again, we are talking about hypothetical thoughts.”
But Henry insists he wants to see Wenger have the final say on his future.
“We are talking about shall he quit or not – I can never say that,” he added.
“I am not sitting on the fence, I can never say that.
“I have battled with this man, I can never say that. Do you understand what I mean? I can never say that.
“What I don’t want to see is what’s happening to him, and I would like him to have the last word, whatever word it’s going to be.”