Although a trophy-laden stint with Barcelona followed his time in North London, Arsenal are still very much in Henry's heart. The current New York Red Bulls striker hopes to return one day, although he is unsure in which capacity, per Sky Sports:
I would love to be around the game and - I've said it so many times - hopefully around Arsenal.
What am I going to do? I don't know if it's going to be coaching. I really don't know yet. I'm trying to finish my career, which is something I have to concentrate on.
Aside from occasional appearances in the stands, Henry's last appearance for the Gunners came when he returned on loan in January 2012. He netted a late winner in the FA Cup third-round tie with Leeds, confirming his place as both a terrific goalscorer and Arsenal legend.
Arsene Wenger will be looking to ruin Jose Mourinho's plans to move ahead of Arsenal with a stellar performance on Monday night. Henry has the potential to follow in his fellow Frenchman's footsteps one day, but the former Juventus player remains cautious about his future moves, per Sky Sports:
I don't know [if I'll ever be Arsenal manager]. I'm sure if you asked any Arsenal fan they would love to be the Arsenal manager, but I actually don't know.
You need to do some stuff before that. You can't pretend that you can come and be a manager. It's really difficult.
The dream for me would be to be back at Arsenal. The rest we will see, but the dream would be to be back at Arsenal, obviously.
Henry's statue outside the Emirates is testimony of his stature at Arsenal. The club's record goalscorer believes Wenger "is showing everybody that Arsenal can compete again," but the squad will need to up their game if they are to topple Chelsea.
As noted by John Cross of the Mirror, this is the perfect opportunity for the Gunners' big players to help the side bounce back from their 6-3 loss to Manchester City:
A victory is of utmost importance to a team that has suffered two defeats in Manchester this season. Although the signings of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini have played a major role in strengthening Arsenal's squad, discussion of Henry serves as a reminder that Arsenal need to add greater striking options before the end of January.
Will Thierry Henry become Arsenal manager one day?
Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner remain the club's only out-and-out strikers right now. The former is in need of a rest, while the latter is largely frustrating when he plays.
A key signing could push the Gunners to the next level in a matter of weeks, but Wenger's plans remain to be seen.
Henry will almost certainly be watching on as Arsenal's current troops do battle with their London rivals, but one day, the 36-year-old could be sending his very own red and white army into battle from the sideline.