Arsene Wenger says he has had offers from all over the world since leaving Arsenal
Arsene Wenger says he is considering roles other than management when he returns to football.
A year has passed since Wenger left Arsenal and the Frenchman initially felt he would soon be back in a dugout elsewhere.
The 69-year-old has had offers from all over the world during that 12 months, with Ligue 1 side Lyon the latest in a long line of clubs linked.
Yet Wenger’s focus has shifted considerably since his emotional farewell from the Emirates.
I will go back into football for sure. In what position I don’t know, whether that is as a manager or not.
“I worked for 40 years in management. You cannot say you walk out and you don’t miss it,” he said.
“Originally I said I want to manage straight away again. After that I thought maybe I’ll take a little distance.
“I came to the conclusion that I want to share what I learned in my life. Because life is only useful if at some stage you share what you know.
“I will go back into football for sure. In what position I don’t know, whether that is as a manager or not. The appetite, the desire, is still there.
“I know what kind of life I have in front of me so I have to decide that now.”
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Still immersed in football, Wenger now watches Arsenal “like a fan”.
He added: “I support Arsenal and that will be forever. They are my club. I have given my life to this club, but I managed quite well to focus on something different.
“I don’t judge. I’m happy when they win and not happy when they don’t play well. But after that I try to really take a distance with it.”