Arsene Wenger has admitted that he doesn’t know what he will do next after finally calling time on his 22 year career at Arsenal.
The Frenchman finally brought one of the longest reigns in English football to a close last weekend, taking charge if the Gunners for one final time in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smiths stadium last Sunday.
While he has been quite clear that he has not retired and wants to carry on with his career in some kind of capacity, he has told the Guardian that he doesn’t know what the next step of his career will be:
“It’s just too soon to know what I will do next,” he said.
“I haven’t even emptied my desk yet and in a way I am still in a state of shock. I am going to give myself until June 14, the day the World Cup begins, to decide. The question is do I still want to coach, to be on the bench, or is it time to take up different functions? The one thing I can say for sure is that I will continue to work.
“But do I want to continue to suffer as much? I want to continue to defend my ideas of football, that’s for sure. Spontaneously, I would say I still want to coach but I can’t really say that yet for sure.”
He has been linked with a move to PSG in a director of football capacity, with Thomas Tuchel having taken on the managers job. However he went on to say that while he has a close relationship with PSG’s Qatari owners, he hasn’t held talks recently about a potential role:
“I have had no discussions with them recently, I can tell you that in all honesty,” he added.
“I have always been close to those in charge of PSG – I advised them to buy the club because I was convinced there were great things that could be done in a city which loves football. They have worked well and made a good start.
“I think people are too hard on them, too demanding. PSG just won all four national trophies in France and it’s not enough, apparently. But you cannot build a club with the idea that if you don’t win the Champions League then it’s a failure.”