Arsene Wenger has all but ruled out the prospect of Thierry Henry returning to Arsenal for a third playing spell - but says the club's record goalscorer is welcome to come back in any other capacity.
Henry, who is currently on the books at MLS side New York Red Bulls, made an emotional comeback to the Emirates Stadium last season, which included a winning goal against Leeds United.
The 35-year-old, who scored 226 goals during his initial eight-year stay in north London, recently revealed his desire to head back for a third time.
Wenger has welcomed the prospect - but says it is unlikely to be as a player.
He said: "As a player it will be difficult. Any other function why not. He has to decide what he wants to do."
Meanwhile, the Gunners boss says Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen could return to the starting line-up for the FA Cup clash against Blackburn this weekend.
And claimed he might have to play the defender at left-back for the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich because Nacho Monreal is cup-tied.
He added: "Vermaelen had a rest and will play. He could play at left back. I don't have many options."