Former Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry has been appointed by MLS side, Montreal Impact as their new head coach. Henry, 42, who spent four-and-a-half years with the New York Red Bulls before ending his career in 2014, signed a two-year deal with the option for an extra 12 months with the club.

Speaking shortly after signing the deal, Henry told reporters that “It’s an honour to coach the Montreal Impact and return to MLS. It’s a league I know well, in which I had some very nice moments.”

“To be in Quebec, in Montreal, which has an enormous multicultural heritage, it’s extraordinary. I’ve always kept an eye on the club and now I’m here.”

Montreal president and CEO Kevin Gilmore who also spoke to reporters said: “We are extremely happy to announce the nomination of this legend of the game.

“Henry will bring a new energy to our club. He shares our vision to elevate this club and will help us achieve our goals on and off the field.

“He is a competitor and a leader who has proven himself at the highest level throughout his career. He now brings these qualities with him to Montreal, a place he wants to be.”

After retiring, Henry spent time coaching in Arsenal’s academy and was an assistant to Roberto Martinez with Belgium.

He took his first steps into management with Monaco last season but won just four of his 20 matches in charge and was sacked after only three months.

Henry, who is the record goalscorer for Arsenal and France, will be presented to the media on Monday.

He will officially begin his role in January ahead of the start of the 2020 MLS season a month later.