Arsene Wenger’s time as manager of Arsenal Football Club is finally coming to an end, and while many are celebrating it, others find themselves feeling a tad nostalgic. After all, most supporters of the Gunners have grown up with the Frenchman as the only real ‘constant’ at the club, and now he’s going to be riding off into the sunset. Well, not quite the sunset depending on whether or not they win the Europa League, but they’ll still have the memories of all the great things he’s done – right?
Either way, it’s time to look ahead to the future because, in our minds, there’s no way Wenger is going to allow for this to be his final job in management. The guy has hinted that this whole thing wasn’t even his idea in the first place, and he won’t want his legacy to be that he was forced out of the job that he spent more than two decades in.
There are a handful of interesting options for him moving forward, but for the sake of this piece, we’re going to narrow it down to just three. All of them feel like they’re quite plausible, and they all feel like directions Wenger could choose to go in.
Whether it be in Ligue 1 or as the international team’s boss, something feels right about Wenger returning to his homeland for the final few years of his career. At the age of 68, you’d think they wouldn’t be all too interested in acquiring his services, but it’s starting to feel like older managers are almost prioritised to a certain degree in international management. Either way, whether he’s successful or he isn’t, it’d be a nice way to bookend his career.
Go where the money is, right? It seems a little bit played out and it would almost be upsetting to see, but Arsene Wenger is a smart man, and he knows that he’d almost certainly find success over in China. It’s not like he’s a stranger to Asian football, either, with his final job in management prior to Arsenal in the mid-90s being Nagoya Grampus Eight over in Japan. Oh, and did we mention that reports are suggesting he’s already been offered an extremely lucrative job over there? That part is kind of important.
This one is a little bit more specific, but we feel like it’s a possibility. We’ve seen Steve Bruce abandon ship at a newly promoted club before, and if Villa manage to secure promotion it’s entirely possible that it’ll happen again – especially if Arsene Wenger becomes available. He knows the English game inside and out, has played against Villa on multiple occasions, and he’d probably have way less pressure on his shoulders given that he’d be walking into an entirely new environment. Oh, and their fans have come to expect very little.
Where should Arsene Wenger go?