Arsene Wenger has admitted he still misses management and still believes he could contribute if given the opportunity to return.
Though he’s currently still working for FIFA, Arsene Wenger has been linked with some kind of return to club football lately, whether that’s in management or working at a club like PSG behind the scenes.
Speaking about the possibility on beIN SPORTS this week, Wenger didn’t hide his desire to return to the touchline.
“You know, I can contribute in a different way,” Wenger insisted (via GFFN). “I still miss it. I still miss the intensity.
“So, overall, I’m still vulnerable. I’m like a guy who no longer takes drugs. I also think that I can contribute in a different way.”
Whether this actually leads to a return to management is another matter. A lot of factors have to come together for that to happen.
It would need to be a club planning to change manager, a club that Wenger was attracted to joining, and that were willing to offer him the money, contract, and control that he’d want in the role.
That may well already make the list pretty short. Most clubs nowadays have a director of football doing a lot of the work Wenger likes to take on himself, and may not be open to offering the security of a long-term deal.
Many clubs with the money and ambition to be attractive to the former Arsenal manager play in the Premier League, and it seems unlikely Wenger would return to England with a club that isn’t Arsenal.
But you never know. Perhaps PSG could convince Wenger to make some concessions, given his relationship with their hierarchy and the fact they’ll probably ditch Mauricio Pochettino this summer.