Arsene Wenger has revealed he’s turned down offers to get back into management in the Premier League.
The Frenchman, 69, has been out of work since leaving Arsenal in the summer of 2018 and despite many believing he would move to the international game for his next coaching gig, he could still pop up in the club game.
Speaking to our partners Sky Sports at the Nordoff Robbins Legends of Football gala dinner event in London, as Wenger was the recipient this year, Wenger revealed his 22 years in charge of Arsenal meant he could not take another job in England.
“I’m an Arsenal man and after that I’m a professional. I can’t stop working,” Wenger said. “I decided to move out of the Premier League because I am too linked with Arsenal. I had opportunities to work in England but I turned them down. I don’t want to tell you [which clubs] because there are people in charge and it would unfair to them.”
Plenty of distinguished guests, including former rival Sir Alex Ferguson, lavished praise on Wenger for his success.
“The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend,” Ferguson said. “I loved the competition against you. We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. So good luck, my blessing with you.”
Wenger is expected to be appointed to a senior role at FIFA, as he’s applied to become their Chief of Football Development for the game.
Given these comments and the potential gig with FIFA, have we seen the end of Wenger as a manager after his 22 years in charge of the Gunners?
There is no doubt he’s a legend of the game and his team played some of the best football the world has ever seen. Despite his final few years at Arsenal, Wenger’s legacy is intact and he will now wait for the right opportunity to crop up, wherever that may be.
All we know is that it won’t be in the Premier League.