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Henry declines the management offer

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has turned down a chance to become France women’s head coach.

According to Get French Football, Henry has been set up by his country’s federation to replace Corinne Diacre, who was sacked last week.

The legendary striker was poached by a panel specially created to find a new manager that included Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

But despite being “flattered” during talks with the group, the Gunners’ record goalscorer eventually turned down the opportunity.

Aulas confirms: “I asked him about it personally. His answer was not in the affirmative.”

Henry is believed to be waiting for the right opportunity to return to management after stints at Monaco and Montreal Impact.

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England boss Gareth Southgate revealed he has left Arsenal ace Ben White out because of too many other elite options.

Southgate said: “Ben is a lot like Ben and Trent [Alexander-Arnold].

“We have players before these two and we are blessed with talent.

“Kyle [Walker] and trips [Kieran Trippier] were the ones who played during the World Cup and were consistent during Reece [James] returned.”

Arsenal from the Europa League

Arsenal have been eliminated from the Europa League after losing a penalty shoot-out to Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates.

Granit Xhaka opened the scoring after 19 minutes to put the Gunners ahead on aggregate after a 2-2 draw in Lisbon.

But Pedro Goncalves’ 46-yard equalizer sent the game into overtime and then to a 4-3 Europa League Round of 16 win on penalties.

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Leandro Trossard hit the post for the north Londoners in the extra half-hour before Sporting’s Manuel Ugarte saw red for a late tackle on Bukayo Saka.

But then Gabriel Martinelli’s penalty miss proved decisive for Mikel Arteta’s side

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The return of Gabriel Jesus was marred by injuries to Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba and torture from gunfire.

Pedro’s 46-yard equalizer sent Sporting Lisbon into overtime and then a 4-3 win in the Europa League Round of 16 on penalties.

Granti Xhaka had put in a sharp rebound opening push but the Portuguese visitors deserved the 1-1 draw and the 3-3 draw on aggregate.

Arsenal sub Leandro Trossard hit the post in the extra half-hour before Sporting’s Manuel Ugarte saw red for a late tackle on Bukayo Saka.

But then Gabriel Martinelli’s penalty miss proved decisive.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta told BT Sport: “Obviously a big blow. There were moments in the first 75 minutes when we weren’t at our level.

“We didn’t win enough doubles in certain rooms. We didn’t put enough pressure on the ball.

“We consistently gave the ball away and it became a really open game that we didn’t want to play.”

Forward Jesus looked radiant in his first start after knee surgery.

But Arteta’s focus is on other players recovering and his league leaders getting back to their usual form this Sunday in the Prem.

He said: “Our next game with Palace is a final. Any work we do now has to be for Palace and we have to be better than we are at this game.”

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