Today marks the 69th birthday of Arsenal’s most successful manager – Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has had every criticism under the sun thrown at him over the course of the last few years, but we aren’t here to talk about that. Sure, there were many, many problems associated with the last stretch of his time in North London, but that’s all in the past. We’re more interested in what the future could hold for the man behind the Invincibles, because there are plenty of options for him.
What a guy
Some of them may not seem overly viable but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. In the world of football management age is rarely a factor, and you only need to look at the landscape of European football to tell you that. Perhaps all Arsene needed was a change of pace, but either way, it’s going to be really interesting to see if anything has changed since his departure earlier this year.
The appeal of managing elsewhere, for the most part, stems from the level of competitiveness in comparison to the Premier League. There are obvious positives and negatives to every division in world football, but the EPL really does stand out as being ‘better than all the rest’ in terms of how difficult it is to find success over here.
Over in somewhere like Japan, on the other hand, it’s a different story. We’ve long since felt like Wenger deserves a fairytale end to his story, and going somewhere like that would give him the best possible chance to do so. That’s not the only example but it’s one he’s brought up in the past, and he did so again recently when announcing that he is ready to return to management in 2019.
In terms of his actual birthday, we’d like to think that he’s sunning it up somewhere exotic with a beer in one hand and a Premier League winners medal in the other. He’s stuck the best bits DVD of The Invincibles on the box, he has a great ocean view outside of his villa, and he’s enjoying his last few months of peace before returning to the game that he loves. Sure, that may not be entirely accurate, but don’t take away the dream.
What’s your favourite Arsene Wenger memory?