Arsene Wenger is still not ruling out return to management as Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits legendary Gunners chief inspired him to become a coach
- Arsene Wenger spent 22 years in north London before leaving in 2018
- The 72-year-old is currently FIFA’s head of global football development
- Mikel Arteta says Wenger was his inspiration to become a football manager
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not ruled out a return to management after three years away from the dug-out.
Wenger spent 22 years in north London before leaving the Gunners amid mounting pressure from fans in 2018.
The 72-year-old, who also enjoyed stints in charge at Nancy, AS Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight, is currently FIFA’s head of global football development.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could be tempted to make a return to management
Speaking at the UK premiere of ‘Arsene Wenger: Invincible’, he was asked whether he could return to the dug-out.
‘I’m crazy, I’m crazy enough to be crazy and to make a crazy decision’, he replied.
‘But overall I would say no, I am determined at the moment not to do it – maybe a national team at some stage for a term.
‘At the moment, I am involved in projects with FIFA and want to get to the end of it, yesterday we launched an academy online to give a chance to everybody in the world to develop as a football player – that is, for me, more useful now.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Wenger was his inspiration to become a football manager
‘I made one thousand two hundred and thirty five games for Arsenal, and overall in my career two thousand games – if I manage ten more it will not change my life.’
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Wenger was his inspiration to become a football manager. The Spaniard played under Wenger for five years before retiring in 2016 and becoming a coach at Manchester City.
Arteta returned to Arsenal as head coach in December 2019 and he told Sky Sports News: ‘If it was not for him I would not be in the position I am today and I wouldn’t have enjoyed the career I had.
Pushed on whether Wenger is the reason he became a manager, Arteta added: ‘100 per cent. I was still young and I had my ideas, but he was a different level of inspiration on how I looked at the game.’