Thierry Henry has been appointed as head coach of Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact.

The former Arsenal striker has signed a two-year contract with the option of a further season, following an unsuccessful stint in charge of Monaco, which ended in January.

Henry finished his playing career in MLS, scoring 51 goals in 122 appearances for the New York Red Bulls.

"It's an honour to become head coach of the Montreal Impact and return to MLS," Henry told the club's official website.

"It's a league that I know well (and) where I had a great time.

"Being in Quebec, in Montreal, which has a huge multicultural heritage, is something extraordinary. I have always had an eye on this club and now I am there."

Sports director Olivier Renard added: "We are very happy to have Thierry join us.

"Young and dynamic, he is very familiar with MLS and meets the criteria we set.

"This appointment, two months before the resumption in January, will allow us to have the time to build the team with the one who will pilot it."