Arsene Wenger unsure over managerial return date

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his managerial return date is “unknown”.

The legendary Premier League manager has been out of work since ending his 22-year spell with the Gunners last May.

In October, Wenger told talkSPORT he was keen to return to management in the New Year.

But speaking at the Laureus Sport for Good presentation in Monaco on Sunday, Wenger, 69, said: “My future is unknown – even for me.

“I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world.

“I am enjoying a little bit less pressure, and more freedom as well. But I miss the competition.”

Wenger, who won three Premier League titles at Arsenal, has watched his former players step into management.

Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira have had contrasting introductions to European management.

While Henry lasted just three months at Monaco before being replaced by his predecessor Leonardo Jardim last month, Vieira has steered Nice to seventh in Ligue 1.

Wenger added: “Both have the qualities to be outstanding managers.

“If you arrive in October, and the team is in a very bad position, you have three months. Because in January everybody starts to become nervous that things could go very badly.

“You have less time when you arrive in the middle of the season. That is what happened to Thierry.

“How he bounces back will be very important. I think he has the quality and desire to make a career, and a career is judged on the longer period.

“I started my job at 33 years of age, I had very promising people around me, and many of them disappeared while some survived. Why? You need luck and (to) work hard. It’s always very difficult to predict a career of a manager.

“It depends on the quality of the players and the confidence we get. But both have the qualities and I wish they make it a great career.

“It’s very good for me to see that players I had continue to share our game with people and develop young players.”

Source: Talksports

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