Wenger tempted by in­ter­na­tional role

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LON­DON — Arsene Wenger has told beIN Sports he could be tempted to take over as coach of a na­tional team once his reign at Ar­se­nal is over.

Wenger has been linked with both the France and England jobs on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, and said the lighter sched­ule in­volved in in­ter­na­tional man­age­ment could be ben­e­fi­cial as he gets older.

“Maybe, yes, I will do it at some stage. But un­til now I’ve liked to be in­volved every day in the life of a club, be­cause the real test is there,” he said.

“Four or five weeks... OK it’s a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s more con­cen­trated. But I be­lieve the real ex­pe­ri­ence to man­age 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 that (in­ter­na­tional work).”

Wenger has been in charge at Ar­se­nal for 21 years and was given a new two-year con­tract in the sum­mer de­spite miss­ing out on Cham­pi­ons’ League foot­ball for the first time dur­ing his Gun­ners ca­reer.

He also serves as a TV pun­dit in France dur­ing in­ter­na­tional breaks and ma­jor tour­na­ments, and laughed at the sug­ges­tion that he could find him­self coach­ing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“Maybe — you never know,” he said. “I haven’t de­cided that, to me it’s just a fact that my life is linked with foot­ball.

“In what way will de­pend on my phys­i­cal state. But un­til the end of my life I’ll be in foot­ball. I don’t know in what kind (of role), 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.”

Mean­while, Manch­ester City have opened up an eight-point gap at the top of the English Pre­mier League soc­cer ta­ble, scor­ing 38 goals along the way, but while some are pre­dict­ing an un­beaten sea­son for Pep Guardi­ola’s side, Ar­se­nal man­ager Wenger is not con­vinced.

City have won 10 of their open­ing 11 games, a home draw against Ever­ton in Au­gust de­priv­ing them of a per­fect start, and their 3-1 win over Ar­se­nal ear­lier this month ex­tended their win­ning streak to 15 games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Ar­se­nal are the only team to go un­beaten through­out an en­tire Pre­mier League sea­son (2003-04) and when asked whether City could em­u­late his “In­vin­ci­bles” the French­man said there was still a long way to go.

“They are a good side but they are not an un­stop­pable side,” Wenger told BeIN Sports.

“Peo­ple al­ways want to pre­dict what will hap­pen in the game.

“I don’t know more than you, maybe, maybe not, but at the mo­ment only one team has done it”.

Ar­se­nal, who trail City by 12 points in sixth, host Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in the north Lon­don derby on Satur­day. — Reuters.

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