Arsene Wenger says he doesn’t know when he’ll make a return to management but revealed he’s had ‘many opportunities’ in the past.
The former Arsenal boss has been out of football since he left the north London club at the end of the 2017/18 season.
He was in charge of the Gunners for 22 years and won a number of honours including three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.
The Frenchman, 69, has been linked with a number of managerial posts with AC Milan the latest club to be reportedly looking at Wenger.
Milan have made a poor start to the 2019/20 season and are understood to be looking at Wenger, who has a close relationship with club CEO Ivan Gazidis through their days at Arsenal.
But Wenger confirmed that he has been approached since he left Arsenal but chose not to act as he wanted to have some time off.
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talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams was at the Legends of Football Event, which is paying special tribute to Wenger, to ask the man himself if he’s likely to take up a new job any time soon.
Wenger said: “I don’t know. At the moment I manage myself and that’s not easy because I have much more time available and I follow football and still work in television, conferences and charities.
“Yes of course I miss it but I had many opportunities in fairness and until now I decided to have some time to take off.
“Maybe the longer I wait, the less I will want to go back!
“I decided to take some time off to observe and look back a little bit and observe what is happening around. It’s quite interesting.”
Wenger refused to rule out managing a Premier League club in the future and reiterated that a return to the English top flight is not out of the question.
He added: “Well until now I thought it was good to stay away from the Premier League. I’m so much linked with Arsenal that maybe it was better to take some time out from the Premier League.”
Arsenal are having a decent campaign so far, having obtained maximum points from their two Europa League group matches and easing past Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup last month.
They are currently third in the Premier League table – only Manchester City and Liverpool are above them.
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But when asked about the Gunners’ title chances this season, Wenger suggested it might be a step too far for Unai Emery’s men.
Wenger added: “I think there’s a pack of clubs that are very close to each other and there is one team above everybody else and that is Liverpool. It would not be realistic today to speak about that [Arsenal challenging for the title].
“I’m not the greatest at predictions…but right now you want to win games one after the other and see where you can be.
“But at the moment Liverpool are too much in front of everybody and they haven’t lost a game.”
Published at Mon, 07 Oct 2019 19:12:26 +0000