Date: 12th March 2019 at 10:28pm
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Arsenal legend Robert Pires has backed both Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry for a return to management.

Wenger has not returned to the game since leaving Arsenal last summer after 22 years in charge. Meanwhile, Henry, whose first manager’s role saw him last just three months at Monaco before being sacked in January.

Pires played under Wenger and alongside Henry during his six year spell at the Emirates.

The Gunners hero believes that despite their absence from the game, both men still have a lot to give as managers.

“Arsene left last year after 22 seasons with the club. He won a lot of titles,” Pires told Omnisport (via Goal), speaking courtesy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. “He built the team, he built the new stadium.

Henry and Pires (2005/06)

“I think he was a great manager for Arsenal but even for the Premier League. So for me he was like a genius because he’s a great manager but he’s a great person, so Wenger is not only for Arsenal but he’s special for football and of course the Premier League.

“I think football needs guys like Arsene Wenger. Now, he’s still living in London, he enjoys the new life. He doesn’t have any more pressure about the results, about the owners, about the fans, about the media. But maybe one day, I hope, he’ll come back on the bench.”

As for Henry, Pires is convinced his compatriot will bounce back.

“I hope for him because he loves football, he’s passionate about this,” Pires added. “I think he learned a lot with Monaco. Unfortunately, he was only there for three months. I think, this job, to be a manager is very difficult, because we have a lot of pressure.

As of 2016, Pires has commenced a career as a footballing coach himself with the first team at Arsenal.

The Frenchman has been working with the squad this week in preparation for the all-important visit of Rennes on Thursday night.