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.
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“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!