In­ter­na­tional role tempts Wenger

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

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.

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