In an interview to German publication Bild, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he was close to returning to the football world.
During his 22-year stint at the club, the Frenchman led Arsenal to three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and just as many FA Community Shields. He was also the biggest influence in the careers of players like Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Silvain Wiltord, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, and many more huge names in the game.
Wenger revealed there is much interest in his services, from all over the world. He specifically mentioned Japan as a possibility, where he had a year-long spell with Nagoya Grampus before joining the Gunners in 1996, but he also said he is still undecided about the destination. There is, apparently, interest from a number of associations for him to lead their national teams too.
The 68-year-old also voiced his opinion on the situation between Mesut Ozil, the German FA and national team manager Joachim Low. It’s his belief that Germany need Ozil, and he expressed his hope that Low will find a way to turn things around and convince Ozil to return to the international stage. Wenger claims the Arsenal attacking midfielder wasn’t the worst player in the German team at the World Cup, and adds that he wasn’t pleased about his decision to withdraw from international football. As much as he feels Germany needs Ozil, he also thinks Ozil, and by extent Arsenal, would benefit from the player making himself available for selection for Low. He feels that a player loses a bit when he is not playing for his national team.
Since his departure from the Emirates, Wenger has been linked with jobs at Paris Saint-Germain and the Japan national team. Wherever he chooses to continue his work, the Gunners around the globe will be wishing him all the best.