Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dropped a key hint that he might consider a return to management after making a drug allegation about his love of football
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Arsène Wenger has hinted at a sensational return to management after claiming he’s been like a “drug junker” since retiring from the coaching bench.
The French is arsenals longest serving manager and by far their most successful after an impressive 22 years with the Gunners. However, Wenger decided to end it a day later in 2018 after winning three Premier Leagues and seven FA Cups.
Wenger has previously been linked with a return to management but reports have been far from the mark as he continues in his role as a pundit and is FIFA’s head of global football development. But his latest admission could mean an unlikely return to the coaching bench for the legendary 72-year-old.
It has been almost 40 years since Wenger first stepped into management when he took over French club Nancy in 1984. The Frenchman then took charge of Monaco and Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight before joining Nagoya Grampus Eight arsenal 1996 and the rest is history.
Wenger will forever be remembered as one of the greatest managers of all time, having overseen over 1,700 professional games, but the Frenchman has hinted he could add to his immense tally. The former Arsenal boss told be in sports: “I’ve spent 40 seasons in the coaching bench and if I go with my gut, I still would.
“You know, I can contribute in other ways. i still miss it I still miss the intensity of it. And overall I’m still vulnerable. I’m like a guy who’s out of drugs.
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“I also think I can contribute in other ways. Now to football, and if I can do that globally it’s satisfying. More intellectually, maybe when it’s physically demanding, but maybe more efficiently in the world.”
This comes as no surprise, however, as Wenger’s final words to the Arsenal crowd were: “I’d like to end with a simple sentence: I will miss you. Thank you all for being such an important part of my life, thank you all, well done, bye.”
And it may not be ‘bye bye’ just yet as Wenger is clearly yearning for a potential return given the Frenchman’s love of the sport. The former boss also said of leaving Arsenal: “I’m like you, I’m an Arsenal fan. It’s more than just watching football, it’s a way of life.
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“It’s about the beautiful game, about the values we hold dear and also something that applies to all of our bodies in every cell of our bodies. We care, we worry, we despair, but when you come here, the theater of dreams, we realize what it means.”
Wenger clearly cares about football, currently serving as FIFA’s head of global football development, but perhaps he could make a bigger impact with one last management role. The Frenchman has been consistently linked with an international role, giving him a more relaxed position.
France national team manager Didier Deschamps is expected to step down from his role after the 2022 World Cup when his contract expires and Wenger could see himself managing his country after four years without a coach.
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