Arsene Wenger has admitted the prospect of retirement scares him as he contemplates a life without the day to day of football management.
The Frenchman is in the last year of his current Arsenal contract, and as yet his intentions remain unclear. Seasoned Wenger watchers wouldn’t be surprised if he wanted to continue, but much will depend on how this season plays out.
Speaking about the prospect of leaving Arsenal and his role as a manager, he said, “It’s been my life and, honestly, I’m quite scared of the day.
“The longer I wait, the more difficult it will be and the more difficult it will be to lose the addiction.”
He also cited a conversation with Alex Ferguson that failed to provide any clarity for him.
“After Alex retired and we played them over there he sent a message to me to come up and have a drink with him.
“I asked: ‘Do you miss it?’ He said: ‘Not at all.’ I didn’t understand that. It’s an emptiness in your life, especially when you’ve lived your whole life waiting for the next game and trying to win it.”
Whatever your opinion of the manager, there’s little doubt that football and Arsenal is his life’s work, but at 66 (he’ll be 67 in October), he can’t go on forever.
What would he replace it with? Maybe someone could buy him an enormous jigsaw with a couple of pieces missing …