By Harvey Byrne
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has become the assistant coach of the Belgium national team, it was revealed on Friday afternoon.
This follows a coaching offer from Arsenal being rescinded earlier in the summer, after Arsene Wenger decided it was not compatible with the pundit’s work for Sky Sports.
The Belgium national team has had a change in management since Euro 2016, which saw the national team crash out disappointingly at the quarter-final stage following a 3-1 defeat to Wales. Former Everton boss Roberto Martinez has taken over the reigns from Marc Wilmots.
Henry took to Twitter on Friday to thank the new manager for the opportunity, and said that he can’t wait to get started in the new role.
Honoured to be assistant coach @BelRedDevils. Thanks to Roberto Martinez & the Royal Belgian Football Association. Very excited.Can't wait.
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) August 26, 2016
Belgium have been tipped for success in the last two major tournaments, and the team is packed with Premier League stars including Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Toby Alderweireld, Marouane Fellaini and Thibaut Courtois.
However, their results have been disappointing, and former manager Wilmots was sacked after the recent Euro 2016 tournament in France.
Martinez and Henry will now lead the team ahead of Belgium’s qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup.
It is understood that the former France international will still fulfil his role as a Sky Sports pundit.
In other Arsenal news, Shkodran Mustafi is jetting into London after the Gunners agreed a deal.