According to the Daily Mail, Ligue One outfits Lyon and PSG are eying moves for former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. Both are reportedly consisting appointing the veteran French boss as their general manager, which would be similar to the role he had at Arsenal.
Wenger has been out of work since last summer
The Frenchman’s last role in football was of course at Arsenal, which ended last summer. He had been linked with a number of roles since his exit from the Gunners, including Everton last summer and Fulham mid-season.
Obviously, the speculation has not come to much and he has enjoyed a stint as a television pundit. However, Wenger has been involved in football for a long time and surely has now found his time out of the game easy.
Lyon and PSG both interested
Lyon boss Bruno Genesio has already told the club he will be leaving this summer. Another former Arsenal icon Patrick Vieira has emerged as one of the frontrunners for the job. Vieira is currently in charge of Nice after learning the managerial ropes in MLS with New York City FC.
Vieira has enjoyed a steady if unspectacular first season with Nice. However, he is highly-rated in managerial circles. However, he is relatively inexperienced as a first-team boss.
If Lyon were looking for an experienced boss, who is available to start this summer then Wenger may be right up their street.
PSG have won the Ligue One title once again this season. However, it seems that German boss Thomas Tuchel is under pressure for his team not winning the Champions League. Tuchel only joined the Parisians last summer.
Wenger would bring experience to the job in the French capital. The veteran has however never won the Champions League, which may well work against him, as that seems to be PSG’s obsession in recent years.
Wishing him well wherever he may go next
It is fair to say that the last decade of his career as Arsenal boss was not as good as his first decade. Wenger maybe stayed at Arsenal too long, as by the time he exited the club, many fans were against him.
However, he will always be an Arsenal legend and remembered for the fantastic teams he produced in those early years, that played quite simply some of the best football the Premier League has ever seen. I am sure I speak for the majority of right-minded Arsenal fans when I wish the great man luck in his next venture, wherever that may be.
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