Wenger tempted by World Cup role

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Arsene Wenger says he’ll stay in football when he retires as Arsenal manager but admits any future role, including coaching at international level, will depend on his physical health.

Making clear that he’s happy with his domestic commitments at the moment, Wenger, who turned 68 recently, refused to play down the temptation of World Cup coaching, even though he’d be well into his seventies by the time Qatar 2022 comes round.

“Until now I like to be involved every day in the life of a club because that there is the real test,” he told beIN SPORTS.

“Four or five weeks, ok it’s a different experience, it’s more concentrated, but I believe the real experience to manage a team is on a daily basis…but I will not always have the strength, the physical strength to do that.

“Yes [it’s tempting to coach at the World Cup], of course. I haven’t decided that, it’s a fact that my life is linked with football, in what way [in the future] it will be linked with my physical state.

“Until the end of my life I will be in football, I don’t know in what kind of [role] as a director, as a manager…as long as possible as a manager, but one day that will stop. But I will stay in football, of course.

Asked if he might be on the coaches bench at World Cup 2022, Wenger joked ‘maybe’ before offering the interviewer a gig as his assistant. Pick us Arsene, pick us!

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DB10**

boring..
bring on the NLD already.

Nketibag

Arsene’s BeIn coy as usual

Trez

We all know we’re going to lose. At best, we get a draw.

High gunner

a hint that he is our future “director of football” or whatever they wanna call it?

Lord Bendnter

*cum manager

Cliff Bastin

Wouldn’t we all love cum managers.

Heavenly Chapecoense

He is opposed to working with a director but doesn’t exclude being one.

clins

so ironic

tgx

Director of Football might be a good fit for him. He still has a great sense for finding talent and potential, and could work with a modern, tactically-focused manager.

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

Oh, burn!

Jimbo Jones

Madness! He’d never relinquish control. No respectable coach would except that situation.

Seriously get a fucking grip

Lord Bendnter

Does Wenger own BeIn Sports?

ramgooner

Wenger is their technical adviser for football plus he is close friends with PSG owner who also owns beIN.

Dinobot

wonder

Greg

Explains why the questions are so sycophantic

Laj

Would love to see him take over france and lead the golden generation

Arsene49

To failure?

COYG

Love the name you chose. I am guessing your irony radar is broken.

SB Still

One of the criticisms of Wenger has been his tactics or lack of.

So, it would be interesting to see him test himself in a tournament – where the need for switching tactics is pretty high.

ramgooner

I swear it’s WengerIN sports and not beIN sports.

RosickyLegend7

It seems like Wenger wants to complete 25 years at the club, he’ll be 72 after that and would have to leave in 2021 in order to take over a country to give him enough time to work with them and get used to them for the 2022 World Cup. Whatever he decides all the best our biggest legend (whatever your opinion is now, can’t deny the fact he is and will be our greatest manager). #OneArseneWenger

Fatgooner

P off!!!
George Graham was our greatest manager!!
And he could win in Europe!!!

Santori

He won a small lesser trophy in Europe…

Jimbo Jones

He won a trophy!

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Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa

When you talk rubbish, try to involve facts. Wenger is our most successful manager not because of opinions but because he’s won the most trophies for our club than any other manager in our history.

That has nothing to do with whether I think he should stay or not, just saying I pay respect where respect is due. Christiano Ronaldo is the biggest egotistic Cunt in football, but his achievements means you respect him whether you like it or not.

Fatgooner

What a rubbish article! Wenger will be Arsenal manager until the day the dies.

goongot

holy shit!!!! Fatman returns :O

Post January Blip

Is it really you, Fatz?!

You’d be considered cheerful around here these days

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

Piss off. You’re fake.

ramgooner

I’m gonna pull off a classic Wenger quote on Fats and do the impossible (turn him WengerIn) . Hey FatG “If you love football then you love Wenger”

Fatgooner

I love Arsenal NOT Arsene.

Wenger out!!!!!

Bon Jello

It’s him alright!

FROG

Missed ya mate.

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Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa

I love arsenal, not just arsenal when they’re a successful team. Negative glory hunting fans out!

Serpent

I see a possibillity of AW becoming the Qatar manager after his current contract runs out. Go for it, get us Silva or Potter.

Riku

If and when wenger takes over a national team in 2022, would he have passed Alex fergusions, most years in charge by then , I think it would be 28 years by then. ( is this the correct amount if years ) He beats that record of tears in charge and most games in charge etc,.. Then manages at a World Cup….

WengerOut

Leave

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Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa

Although I want a new manager, I’d much rather negative glory hunters that know nothing about football or arsenal’s history leave our club.

Santori

I’ve said it quite a few times o Dr that 4 seasons to those annoying Wenger Out minions…Wenger IS going to leave sooner than later.

And I’ve mentioned likely timeline will be post 2018 world cup where there will be an inevitable reshuffle.

Most likely he will show into the France job following Deschamp.

Bland or Deschamp are potential candidates to succeed Wenger thereafter. Both have the pedigree and experience not to mention follow on on Wenger’s ethos.

Matt

Please Arsene, return to France or wherever you want but go. Thanks for the memories of course but go!

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