By Tom Finn

Arsenal and French international striker Thierry Henry has announced his retirement after 20-years of playing football to take up a media role.

The 37-year-old World Cup winner left his last team the New York Red Bulls earlier this month with speculation that he might join another club, but that speculation has been put to bed after announcing that he will be a football pundit for Sky Sports after a successful World Cup working for the BBC.

Thierry Henry said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to have had an amazing playing career with many incredible memories and now I can’t wait for the next chapter to begin with Sky Sports.

“I played for some of the best teams in football and now I’m joining what I think is the best team in television. I’m looking forward to joining the guys and helping to provide Sky Sports viewers with the best possible analysis. I can’t wait.”

When asked if he had considered another stint at the Emirates Henry told Sky Sports:
“You kind of never leave Arsenal…how many comebacks do you make? At one point it will turn out to be a bad move. We all love the first Rocky but I’m not too sure about the last one.”

Henry then went on to say: “I would like to thank all the fans, team-mates and individuals involved with AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and of course the French national team that have made my time in the game so special,” he said.

“I have had some amazing memories (mostly good!) and a wonderful experience.

“I hope you have enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed taking part.

“See you on the other side…”