Thierry Henry will become the new manager of AS Monaco and will take Arsenal u18 coach Kwame Ampadu with him.

AS Monaco have announced that Henry has now agreed a deal to take over from Leonardo Jardim at Monaco after the 44-year-old left the club this week.

Monaco also announced that Henry will take Ampadu with him, after working with the Arsenal coach when they were both in the Gunners’ youth setup. The pair reportedly grew close during that period. Kwame is the father to Chelsea midfielder Ethan Ampadu.

It’s a worry for Arsenal, considering how well Ampadu Sr. has done with the u18 side in the past year. They made the FA Youth Cup final last season and have been right up near the top of the u18 Premier League as well.

As mentioned, up until this week, Leonardo Jardim was the manager of Monaco. He spent four years with them, most impressively winning the Ligue 1 title ahead of PSG in 2016/17. Unfortunately, after that, the club sold all his best players, didn’t fully reinvest and then sacked him on Thursday.

That should be a bit of a warning sign to Henry, in his first ever management job. Hopefully, he’s made sure to get assurances over the board’s financial backing in the transfer market before signing the deal.

The team is clearly not ready to challenge for anything as things stand, sitting 18th out of 20 teams in the league table. If Henry takes over and can’t turn things around with the current squad, he’ll need to invest some of the hundreds of millions Monaco made selling the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva.

Good luck to the Arsenal legend and to Ampadu as well!

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