I want to man­age at a World Cup one of these days, ad­mits Wenger

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Arsène Wenger has spo­ken of the pos­si­bil­ity of a move into in­ter­na­tional foot­ball and be­ing in­volved at the 2022 World Cup. The Arse­nal man­ager, who ac­cord­ing to some re­ports was the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s first choice for the Eng­land man­ager’s post af­ter the de­par­ture of Roy Hodg­son in 2016, has 18 months to run on his con­tract at the Emi­rates but says the idea of man­ag­ing at a World Cup is a tempt­ing prospect.

When asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of mov­ing into in­ter­na­tional man­age­ment, Wenger told beIN Sports: “Maybe, yes, I will do it at some stage but un­til now I like to be in­volved ev­ery day in the life of a club be­cause the real test is there. Four or five weeks is a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s more con­cen­trated, but I be­lieve the real ex­pe­ri­ence of man­ag­ing a team is on a daily ba­sis.

“But I will not al­ways have the phys­i­cal strength to do that so maybe I will move into [in­ter­na­tional coach­ing]. It’s a fact my life is linked with foot­ball, in what way will be linked to my phys­i­cal state.”

The French­man added: “I will [al­ways] be in foot­ball. I don’t know [if] as a di­rec­tor, as a man­ager – as long as pos­si­ble as a man­ager. But one day that will stop. But I will stay in foot­ball, of course.” Asked whether he could be on the bench at the World Cup in Qatar, he said: “Maybe, you never know.”

Wenger, who has also been linked with the France na­tional team, com­mented on the spec­u­la­tion about his tak­ing the Eng­land post last year when he said: “My pri­or­ity is to do well here [at Arse­nal]. If I am free one day why not, but at the mo­ment my fo­cus is on my job.”

Petr Cech, mean­while, has dis­missed sug­ges­tions that Arse­nal should mea­sure their sea­son on whether they fin­ish above

Arsène Wenger’s cur­rent con­tract with Arse­nal ex­pires in the sum­mer of 2019

Tot­ten­ham as they pre­pare for Satur­day’s north London derby.

“There is al­ways one odd year where things can change, but the most im­por­tant thing for us is com­pet­ing against the other teams for the Pre­mier League ti­tle and for the glory,” the goal­keeper told Sky Sports. “We are not com­pet­ing against Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur. Two years ago when we fin­ished above them we were dis­ap­pointed be­cause we didn’t win the ti­tle [and Le­ices­ter did]. Our tar­get is to win the ti­tle and be suc­cess­ful dur­ing the sea­son, not nec­es­sar­ily look­ing at what Tot­ten­ham are do­ing.”

De­spite their progress un­der Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, Spurs have failed to win a tro­phy since the League Cup in 2008 and Cech be­lieves only sil­ver­ware will sat­isfy the Tot­ten­ham sup­port­ers. “There was al­ways some­thing miss­ing. They’ve been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win some­thing to show the pro­gres­sion.”

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