Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger hints he could be convinced to return to management

Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that he could be convinced to return to management in the future, three years after leaving the Gunners.

Wenger is currently the director of development for FIFA, a position he has held since 2019, and has not managed another club since leaving the Emirates Stadium at the end of the 2017/18 season.

He has previously suggested that he would be interested in trying his hand at international management and threw his hat into the ring for the vacant Switzerland job after the Euros.

However, former Basel manager Murat Yakin was chosen as Vladimir Petkovic's successor instead.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Wenger explained that: "Overall we have to accept that our days come to an end at some stage.

"I don’t rule it out, but I am completely focused (on FIFA) and I don’t worry too much about the rest.

"There are always people who say ‘You are too old’ so at the time, maybe I thought they were right.

"But I am in good shape and I have not completely decided not to do it anymore."

Wenger has been out of management since leaving Arsenal in 2018 after 22 successful years in charge in north London, following previous jobs at AS Nancy, Monaco and Nagoya Grampus.

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During his tenure, the Gunners won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and reached the Champions League final in 2006.

He has also hit the headlines recently by leading FIFA's proposal to hold the World Cup every two years as part of his role with football's global governing body.

His proposed plans have been praised by the likes of Ronaldo Nazario and Peter Schmeichel, but there are still major doubts over the plans from current players as well as the Premier League and UEFA.

Gareth Bale and Sergio Busquets are just two of the players to speak out against the potential changes to the international football calendar.

Discussing his proposal, Wenger said: “It is a fact that we are moving to 48 countries at the World Cup from 2026, with Africa going from five spaces to nine.

“But more frequent World Cups mean more opportunities for countries to participate.

“Big players want to play big games. Every player dreams to play in top competitions.

“And it is the repeated travelling of the current schedule that is more detrimental than the number of games.”

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