Exclusive: “Arsene Wenger Announces return to management – and hints where it could be”

Arsene Wenger has indicated he will be back in management at the start of 2019.

The Frenchman is yet to take up a new position since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season.

Wenger, 68, spent 22 years in north London and there had been suggestions he would now look to retire.

But he insists he will be back in work in the new year and offered an indication to where his next post could be.

“I believe that [I’ll] start again on January 1,” he told Bild . “I don’t know yet [where I’m headed]. I am rested, and I am ready to work again…….full story here

Arsene Wenger at the Leaders Sport Awards (Image: Getty Images for Leaders)
Arsene Wenger waves goodbye to the fans (Image: PA)

“There are associations, national teams; it could be also [in] Japan.

“Thanks to my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.”

Wenger spent a year in Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight before his move to Arsenal.

He has also been linked with a move to PSG, working alongside boss Thomas Tuchel in a general manager capacity.

Meanwhile, the former Arsenal boss has suggested Mesut Ozil’s decision to retire from international football may impact his club performances.

Ozil walked away after the World Cup citing racism and discrimination after being criticised for his photograph with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

And Wenger admits he is concerned about the impact of a lack of international football for his former player.

Wenger and Ozil (Image: AFP)

Wenger added: “I did not love it that he withdrew from the Germany team [because] the Germans respect what he achieved

 

“A small bit of motivation disappears when you know that you don’t have to be ready for a World Cup, a European Championship.

“I love it when the players are as good as possible. He loses a bit if he does not play at an international level.

Meanwhile, Frenchman insists he’s not for 100% sure he’ll be a football manager once again: “There are associations, national teams; it could be also [in] Japan,” Wenger said. “Thanks to my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.”

If Arsene Wenger doesn’t take a job as a football manager, he will probably be hired as a director of football. And it’s there for a reason as RMC have reported that Paris Saint-Germain needed a new one for this role. The fact of the matter is that PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who has replaced Unai Emery this summer, has a strained relationship with current sporting director Antero Henrique. Meanwhile, PSG are in good business terms with Wenger, which enhance the likelihood of appointing him as the next director of football.

But Paul Merson, the former Gunners player, has once claimed that Arsene Wenger could become the next Manchester United manager, the club which have now a total crisis under Jose Mourinho. Merson said: “Seriously, that’s not the worst idea in the world. You’ve got to look at what Wenger did. You don’t have to go out and buy £70m and £80m players with some of the gems he’s got over time.

“It’s not a bad shout. Sometimes you just need a fresh start. I wouldn’t sack [Mourinho]. They’ve got a serial winner there. No, I don’t agree with it – I think the players are embarrassing. These players are a joke, an absolute joke. To get beat as they did to West Ham, seriously, they’re playing for the biggest club in the world.”

And the former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has agreed with Merson’s idea, as he added: “If Manchester United are serious about clearing up the football club they have to look at someone like that.”

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