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Thierry Henry Leaves New York Red Bulls: Latest News on Iconic Striker's Future

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2014

New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry gestures during the second half of the second soccer game of the MLS Eastern Conference final in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. The match ended 2-2 and New England advanced with a two-game aggregate 4-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Thierry Henry has played his last game for New York Red Bulls after it was announced the French striker won't be heading back to the MLS franchise in 2015. The football world awaits his next move.

Continue for updates.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Parlour Predicts Henry Reunion

Former team-mate Ray Parlour has predicted Henry will link back up with Arsenal now that his time is done with the New York Red Bulls. TalkSPORT's Alex Varney quotes Parlour saying:

I think he will definitely get involved with Arsenal. I certainly believe, one day, if he really wants to be a manager, he will be manager of Arsenal.

He was such an intelligent player. Arsene Wenger used to have a meeting on a Monday with the players after a game and Thierry would always have his say. He would make some great points, not just about forwards, but about defending and how we defend as a team.

He always had that charisma to be a manager. And look at his name around the world. People would want to play for him and he would attract big players.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Henry Targets Arsenal Role, PSG Play Down Interest

Henry has confessed it would be a Christmas gift should Arsenal come calling for his services. Quoted by Steve Brenner of the Daily Mail, Henry said:

Going back to Arsenal? That is the wish. They say Christmas is coming soon, it is a wish but it is not something which will happen straight away.

Everyone knows how much I love the club, my feelings about them. It is a wish right now, I only announced I was leaving New York on Monday so I am not trying to get out of it but it has only been a day.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has shown his ongoing love for Henry, insisting the striker should be given one more game by France:

Telegraph Football @TeleFootball

Wenger: French FA should pick Henry for France v Brazil friendly as a thank you for services http://t.co/gUjErYKIap http://t.co/wg75XRbDQw

PSG have been touted as another option for the legendary striker, but boss Laurent Blanc was cool on the topic according to the London Evening Standard:

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Could he play six months at PSG like [David] Beckham? I’ve not thought about that.

He could still play, he loves the game so much. I don’t know if he will retire or not. It wouldn’t surprise me if he continued to play. He’s had a great career and is a great player.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Wenger Guarantees Henry Arsenal Return

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he is not yet sure what Henry is planning following his Red Bulls departure, but he did promise Gunners fans that the legendary forward will return to the club in the future:

Arsenal FC @Arsenal

Wenger on @ThierryHenry: "I understand that he wants to reflect for a while on what he wants to do [next]" #AFCvSFC

Arsenal FC @Arsenal

Wenger on @ThierryHenry: "Certainly one day he will come back here. In what capacity, I don't know" #AFCvSFC http://t.co/d7vW6MIMKM

Monday, Dec. 1

Henry Confirms Red Bulls Exit

New York Red Bulls provided a significant update on the 37-year-old's future:

New York Red Bulls @NewYorkRedBulls

.@ThierryHenry officially announces he will not return to the club in 2015. http://t.co/Kwub7fVDph #ThanksTH14 #RBNY http://t.co/mjOy5YKzEt

Henry released an official statement via his Facebook account, as tweeted by Eurosport:

Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK

Thierry Henry announces that he has played his last game for @NewYorkRedBulls. http://t.co/EvwVPIGgEy

The likeable player was recently unable to guide the Red Bulls to the MLS Cup Final and bowed out suffering a 4-3 aggregate loss to New England.

Interestingly, this announcement comes shortly after Henry vowed to win the Champions League with former club Arsenal.

HARRISON, NJ - NOVEMBER 23:  Thierry Henry #14 of New York Red Bulls reacts during the game against the New England Revolution during the Eastern Conference Final - Leg 1 at Red Bull Arena on November 23, 2014 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stob
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"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," said the Gunners legend, reported by ESPN.

As a minor tidbit, he changed his Facebook header image to a photo of the Emirates Stadium—where he is immortalised in bronze—shortly after making his announcement. 

Although Henry's next move is yet to be revealed, the forward also confirmed he is "certain" he will remain in football, per ESPN's report. The prolific striker is yet to suggest he will hang up his playing boots and could land himself one final contract before calling time on an illustrious career.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Arsenal fans look at a statue of former Arsenal player, Thierry Henry ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo b
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Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC wonders whether he will return to where it all started:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

Interesting. New York Red Bulls confirm Thierry Henry will not return in 2015, but no confirmation of retirement plans. Ligue 1 swan song?

Henry's career with club and country has been laden with success. He captured the Ligue 1 title with Monaco before landing the World Cup and Euro 2000 with France. His time at Arsenal yielded two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Community Shields, but he was unable to grasp the elusive Champions League trophy.

Until he arrived in Barcelona, at least. Henry added the European title alongside the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup while at the Camp Nou. Domestically, he enjoyed two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 24:  Lionel Messi (L), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) and Thierry Henry of Barcelona celebrate after Ibrahimovic scored his team's third goal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Xerez CD at Camp Nou stadium on April 24, 2010 in
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He became the second high-profile player to the MLS in 2010, following in David Beckham's footsteps. Once settled, he captured a duo of MLS Eastern Conference championships and the 2013 MLS Supporters' Shield.

Henry has played alongside the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira, Xavi, Lionel Messi and many other greats. He remained a significant outlet to success during his last season with Red Bulls, highlighted by ESPN FC:

ESPN FC @ESPNFC

Thierry Henry's MLS stats for this season: 30 games played for New York Red Bulls, 10 goals, 14 assists.

The same publication also provided a rundown of his best goals in the United States:

ESPN FC @ESPNFC

WATCH: Top 10 Thierry Henry goals with New York Red Bulls >> http://t.co/zV7C7OsGIE

The veteran striker became a tremendous goalscorer at Arsenal—largely thanks to Arsene Wenger's decision to move him away from the wing—a trait he has carried through the rest of his career.

Gunners supporters will remember the stunning flick and volley against Manchester United, his scintillating run against Tottenham and brilliant goal away at Real Madrid, all of which are among his career highlights to date:

Plenty of teams are sure to offer Henry a role. Not only is he an era-defining footballer, he is a calm and clear speaker who could be excellent in a coaching role.

Wenger previously called upon his experience with a loan back to Arsenal in 2012, in which he had a morale-boosting impact on the pitch. Perhaps he could do the same on the sidelines.

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