Wenger still planning return to football, but not necessarily as a manager

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is still planning to return to football, but not necessarily as a manager.

Wenger brought an end to his 22-year reign at Arsenal last summer, leaving the club after winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups in over two decades in North London.

The 69-year-old initially said he planned to take charge at a new club, however has now indicated whilst he is ready to take a new role it may not necessarily be as a manager, with the former Gunners boss having been linked to some director of football roles.

“You will see me again in football. As a manager… I don’t know,” he told the BBC.

“In this year I did a lot of charity work, conferences – and I enjoyed it, I must say, to be a little bit less in highlights and less under stress.

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“I’m less intense, but I have a better perspective of what’s going on. I see the mistakes managers make and I don’t pay the price for it.

“I came to the conclusion I want to share what I learned in my life, because I think life is only useful if, at some stage, you share what you know.

“In what way will it be? Will it be in just winning football games, or will it be in another way? That’s what I have to decide and that decision will come very quickly.

“Football is still my passion. I will come back soon – but I cannot tell you exactly in what capacity.”

Wenger admits his time away from football has left him unsure of his next move, having enjoyed his break from the game with the Frenchman insisting he is ‘at a crossroads’ regarding his future, with an immediate return to management having not materialised.

“I thought I will come back into management very quickly, but I enjoyed taking a little distance,” he added. “Now I’m at a crossroads.”

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