Wenger hints a return to football, but not as a manager

During an interview with the BBC, French manager Arsene Wenger revealed his plans to return to football soon but in a different position.

After nearly 25 years of non-stop work at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger finally decided to call it quits as the Gunners’ manager last year.

It’s been a full season of the veteran manager traveling the world and doing all kinds of different work, he’s been doing charity and conferences throughout the globe.

We’ve all been speculating about his possible next job in football, many of us believed that he would finally take a crack at one of the bigger clubs in either Spain, France, or Germany.

However, it appears that the managing days for Arsene Wenger are completely over.

The man spoke directly with the BBC in an extended interview, he discussed the present, his past at Arsenal, and what is going to happen with his future.

Some of the media suspected that Wenger wouldn’t like to return to coaching anymore, perhaps a job inside the board of a major club is something more appealing to the 69-year old.

The grinding and non-stop working with the players is something that Arsene did for too long, he wants a more relaxed environment and he would like something a bit different.

What we can all rejoice from is that Wenger is coming back to football in one way or another, only not as a coach.

“I thought I will come back into management very quickly, but I enjoyed taking a little distance,” said Wenger on the BBC.

“Now I’m at a crossroads.”

He added: “You will see me again in football. As a manager… I don’t know.”

“In this year I did a lot of charity work, conferences – and I enjoyed it, I must say, to be a little bit less in highlights and less under stress.”

“I’m less intense, but I have a better perspective of what’s going on. I see the mistakes managers make and I don’t pay the price for it.”

“I came to the conclusion I want to share what I learned in my life, because I think life is only useful if, at some stage, you share what you know.”

“In what way will it be? Will it be in just winning football games, or will it be in another way? That’s what I have to decide and that decision will come very quickly.”

“Football is still my passion. I will come back soon – but I cannot tell you exactly in what capacity.”

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“I miss competition and I miss Arsenal because I left my heart in there,” he explained.

“I gave my life to this club for 22 years. Every minute of my life was dedicated to this club and I miss the values we developed inside the club.”

“I support Arsenal. It will be forever my club.”

Wenger predicts a very interesting summer transfer window.

In regards to how football has changed over the years, Arsene Wenger understands that the most dominant clubs from the last decade are no longer as competitive as they used to be.

Powerhouses such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, or Juventus are no longer at the top of the food chain.

For Wenger, this is PSG’s perfect opportunity to possibly try to win the Champions League next season.

Although he likes to keep his predictions closer to the vest because he knows that many clubs will spend big during the summer transfer window.

“Many teams who were dominant forces in Europe before – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus – have collapsed,” added the Frenchman.

“Paris St-Germain had a good opportunity to win the Champions League this year and [there has been an] over-aging of the other dominant forces.”

“They have to renew their teams. The players who used to make the difference are a bit overage now.”

“That’s why we will have a very, very interesting transfer market this summer.”

At which club and in what job would you like to see Arsene Wenger coming back to football? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.

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