Arsenal are reportedly open to Arsene Wenger talking an ‘upstairs’ job at Arsenal at some point in the future.
Speaking at his penultimate pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Wenger hinted that his next role might not be on the touchlines after all.
“Maybe with a distance I will think, ‘ No, maybe it’s a time to change a little bit direction’,” said Wenger. “That’s what I have to decide. This has been a fantastic period for me, but I have to turn the page and go for the next challenge.
“For sure I will be active – my brain demands work. I like the English saying, ‘ You have to live every day like it is your last’. One day you will be right.”
Jeremy Wilson in Wednesday’s Telegraph then writes, “There is no prospect of him taking an upstairs role just now at Arsenal, although the club would ultimately be open to such an appointment. The plan first is for the new manager to establish himself and Wenger hopes that some of his old coaching staff will remain.”
The Telegraph are one of the most reliable papers when it comes to Arsenal news and gossip. This would also fit with what was reported back in February.
Wenger also revealed that he still takes part in regular football matches at the club and feels that he is sometimes discriminated against because of his age.
“I don’t look very good on the beach,” said Wenger. “I like green grass. I like to work on it every day. I didn’t miss a training session in 22 years. I never stayed in my office. That is something that I will miss.
“I keep myself fit. We have staff games – I can still play. I would pick myself every week. People look at your age and make an issue of it. It becomes a bit discrimination. They don’t really look how you work and perform. They look, ‘Oh, he is old’.”