By Alex Taylor

Thierry Henry has claimed he “respects” Arsenal’s decision to axe him as academy coach following an ultimatum from Arsene Wenger.

Henry had been working with the Under-18 squad without pay alongside his work for Sky Sports as a pundit.

But Arsenal’s record goal-scorer was told by Wenger that he must quit his role as a pundit if he was continue working with Arsenal’s youth teams.

Henry has since opted to leave the north London club coaching staff and took to social media on Tuesday to respond to the decision to remove him as a coach.

He revealed on his personal Twitter account that he had been honoured to coach the Under-18s.

The poster-boy of the 2004 Invincibles side has worked with Arsenal’s youth sides at all ages as part of his UEFA A licence qualifications.

However, Wenger’s opinion of Henry working with Sky has soured after the 1998 World Cup winner stated on Sky that he believes The Gunners won’t win the Premier League with Olivier Giroud as their talisman.

Arguably the Gunners’ greatest player of all-time, Henry found the back of the net 228 times in 376 games in all competitions.

Henry also played for Juventus and New York Red Bulls, before returning to Arsenal in a short loan spell in 2012, and then retiring in 2014.

In other Arsenal news, Wenger is keen on bringing this Inter Milan defender to The Emirates.