Arsene Wenger admits coaching in Germany is a possibility when he draws a line under his time at Arsenal.
The 64-year-old, who was born in the Alsatian town of Strasbourg on the Franco-German border, has repeatedly turned down overtures from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich during his 18-year tenure in North London but says that his cultural affinity with the country means it’s a destination that retains appeal.
On the cusp of penning a two-year extension at the Emirates, Wenger told French channel Bein Sports (translated by the Evening Standard) said:
“If I was to go somewhere then I think it would be in a different country because I am so much Arsenal that I would not like to coach anywhere else in England
“Germany [is an option] because I am of German culture a little bit and it’s a country where I have never worked and I am very close to it.”
Given his comments at the weekend there’s no suggestion that Arsene is thinking about walking away from Arsenal in the near future, but of course he can’t go on forever.
International football doesn’t appear to tickle his balls much, so a move to Germany (if he fancies another challenge) would make sense, although PSG may well have something to say about that. Either way a continental move would ensure any successor wouldn’t have to endure a Fergie-esque presence hovering over proceedings from the stands.
Guess, we’ll just have to see what happens.