Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his desire to manage a national team side after leaving Arsenal and he targets Qatar 2022 to realise this ambition, this is according to the exclusive interview he granted Bein Sports
On the Preparedness of the host nation Qatar, Wenger said:
“I believe that on the quality on the stadiums, the quality of the organization and the competition you have no doubt because they have the financial potential to do it well in Qatar” said the Arsenal boss when asked about the 2022 tournament”
“Certainly they will have their pride to propose special stadiums, special innovations and on that front, I am convinced that they will surprise the world.”
Asked whether he would be attending Qatar as a manager or as a pundit, Wenger hinted on his desire to manage at the tournament:
“Maybe yes, I will do it at some stage but until now I like to be involved every day in the life of a club, you know because the real test is there.”
Four or five weeks (At the World Cup) is a different experience it’s more concentrated. But I believe the real experience to manage a team is on a daily basis, I will not always have the physical strength to do that so maybe I will move into that” added Wenger”
While Wenger leaves the door opened to the chances of managing a team in Qatar, he also admitted his future career decision will depend on his physical state but insist he is committed to Club management;
“Yes of course. For me, I haven’t decided that for me it looks just a fact that my life is linked with football, in what way will be linked with my physical state.”
Until the end of my life I will be in football, I don’t know as a director or a manager as long as possible as a manager but one day that will stop. I will stay in football of course”
Arsene Wenger desire to remain in football for as long as possible may come as a bad news for fans that want him to leave Arsenal asap, or good news for the adoring fans that would not desert him for any reason, however, one thing that this interview gave away is the fact that Arsenal’s job is certainly not the last managerial role for Wenger, his desire and love for the game are still very much apparent.
Wenger new contract extension expires in the summer of 2019, three years prior to the World Cup, this means that there may not be another window for Wenger to extend his contract with Arsenal, as he would need to be in whatever National team he wants to manage to take them through qualifiers.
Wenger was linked to the England and French National team in the past, both teams are managed by Gareth Southgate and Didier Deschamps respectively, but five years to the world cup in Qatar from now is a long enough time and Wenger won’t struggle to pick up a job at any time he wishes.