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Petit: “Wenger is going to manage soon”

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Emmanuel Petit expects to see his old Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger back in management before long

The Frenchman has been out of work since May after ending his 22-year association with Arsenal last season.

Despite being 69 years old now, Wenger has no intention of lying down and settling into retirement and announced plans to return to the dugout in January.

Wenger, who turned down Real Madrid in the past, has since been linked with taking charge of Bayern Munich with their current coach Niko Kovac under immense pressure to turn around recent results.

And Petit, who played under Wenger between 1997 to 2000 at Arsenal, is convinced his fellow Frenchman isn’t done with football yet.

“No. He is going to manage soon. Yes, soon,” Petit told The Sun, when asked if Wenger will retire.

“I had a conversation three weeks ago when I was in Dubai. He was with a friend of mine.

“There are big rumours in France about him taking over as Bayern Munich manager.

“Some of them said he is going to go to Madrid, I don’t believe in it. Some of them said there is big things at Paris Saint-Germain as a sporting director.

“You’ve got big names there. Can you imagine if you put Arsene Wenger there? I don’t believe in it.

“I still believe Arsene is passionate about the field, working with the players. This is something really important for him.

“It’s vital, so I don’t see him working in the offices. He could, he has the knowledge and the intelligence to do that. He still has the experience to give on the pitch.”

Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus recently gave Wenger his backing to succeed Kovac in the dugout – if the club are to part with the Croatian.