Thierry Henry has given his clearest indication yet that he is prepared to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.
The former striker has been strongly linked with the role. Henry recently admitted his interest in it amid growing speculation that Wenger will soon move on.
The Gunners are in the midst of an awful spell that has seen them lose eight games in 2018. They lost four in a row for the first time in 16 years.
Wenger says he can still turn things around, but few expect him to be given the chance. A change of manager expected this summer if not before.
Henry is among those linked with the role; indicating he would take it on if asked.
‘Listen, I’m a competitor, you don’t back down from a challenge,’ he told Sky Sports on Sunday.
‘We are hypothetically speaking before people jump ahead of everything, [but] I have never backed down from a challenge since I was young.
‘If you love a place and they ask – I repeat, they ask – for help, you are always going to say yes.’
While Henry is interested, the favourite to replace Wenger is current Germany manager Joachim Loew.
Also in the frame are Carlo Ancelotti, Max Allegri, Mikel Arteta and Brendan Rodgers.