Arsenal are reportedly open to Arsene Wenger talking an ‘upstairs’ job at Arsenal at some point in the future.

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Arsene Wenger

Unlike Sir Alex Ferguson, with his love of horses and devotion to his wife, Wenger has neither of those things and has spoken about his fear of the ‘unknown’ that would come with retirement.

“Yes [It’s frightening to consider retirement],” Wenger told Sky Sports back in October just before he turned 68. “Because every end is to be in front of the unknown and of course it can be a bit frightening.

“I started this job at the age of 33 so I’ve done 35 years without having a stop at all.

“There’s no break; it’s 35 years of total focus and dedication to football life.

“Why keep doing it? Because I love it. Because it’s a job where I think you can have a very positive influence: on people’s lives, on results, on the dimensions of a football club, on values – because I think first of all a club is about values, which we forget a lot today.

“I feel on a mission to carry these values through for this club because I think this club is usually respected all over the world for its values and it carries through the generations.”

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Wenger and Annie Brosterhous separated in 2015

Should Wenger leave Arsenal in the summer, it is highly unlikely that he will retire from the game.

While many wanted him moved upstairs, it seems like this is no longer an immediate option given how toxic things became.

Even though Arsenal are planning to bring him back eventually, here are some options for Arsene so he isn’t quite as lonely and scared…

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