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Arsene Wenger hints at PSG role as he questions whether he wants to ‘suffer’ any more

Ex-Arsenal manager has option to take up director of football type role in Paris and says he will make a decision on his future by the start of the World Cup

Arsene Wenger has given his first hint he is ready to take up a role at Paris Saint-Germain by questioning if he wants to put himself through the pain of management any more.

Wenger is still reeling from the abrupt end to his Arsenal career after the final two years were spent facing mounting criticism from the supporters.

Arsene Wenger is debating whether he can take the suffering of staying in football management

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Arsene Wenger is debating whether he can take the suffering of staying in football management

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When he first revealed he was leaving the Emirates, the 68-year-old insisted he would be looking for another manager’s role elsewhere.

But since then he has been left considering whether he has the stomach to put up with the harsh life as a boss any more – or move into a senior advisory role instead.

Speaking to the Guardian, Wenger said: “It’s just too soon to know what I will do next.

“I haven’t even emptied my desk yet and in a way I am still in a state of shock. I am going to give myself until June 14, the day the World Cup begins, to decide.

Wenger gave a glimpse for the first time into how much pain the last couple of years of his Arsenal reign had caused

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Wenger gave a glimpse for the first time into how much pain the last couple of years of his Arsenal reign had caused

“The question is do I still want to coach, to be on the bench, or is it time to take up different functions?

“The one thing I can say for sure is that I will continue to work.


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“But do I want to continue to suffer as much?

“I want to continue to defend my ideas of football, that’s for sure.

“Spontaneously, I would say I still want to coach but I can’t really say that yet for sure.”

Wenger’s frank admission that he had suffered as his time as Arsenal manager came to an end is the first time he has revealed the depth of his anguish about his experience.

And it is also the first time he has publicly admitted he has doubts over finding another managerial role, and that he is considering making the step into the boardroom.

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants Arsene Wenger to take up a senior role at the club

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PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants Arsene Wenger to take up a senior role at the club

That will be welcome news for PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is desperate to take Wenger to the French champions,

with the former Arsenal manager close with the hierarchy of the French club.

Having twice failed to poach him as his manager, Al-Khelaifi now wants him to become the club’s football administrator, working alongside new coach Thomas Tuchel.


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