Arsene Wenger perked me up a dream this morning when he let the world of international bodies know he’d certainly take up a role at their establishments, maybe, one day, hopefully.
“Maybe, yes, I will do it at some stage. But until now I’ve liked to be involved every day in the life of a club, because the real test is there,” he said.
“Four or five weeks… OK it’s a different experience, it’s more concentrated. But I believe the real experience to manage a team is on a daily basis.
“But I will not always have the physical strength to do that, so maybe I will move into that [international work].”
However you want to paint this sort of comment, it’s clear Wenger is thinking about the second coming. I can’t believe he’s not thinking about a mega payday in China, having already exposed himself to the Japanese league. I also think he’d be very suited to international football. He’d be a great England manager because the nation has pretty much accepted him as one of their own. I also think it’d be more forgiving of some of his tactical inadequacies. At that level, football is what it is… you have a short time period to make it happen.
I also found it very interesting reading a man so aware of his mortality.
“Maybe — you never know,” he said. “I haven’t decided that, to me it’s just a fact that my life is linked with football.
“In what way will depend on my physical state. But until the end of my life I’ll be in football. I don’t know in what kind [of role], as a director, as a manager.
“As long as possible as a manager, but one day that will stop. But I will stay in football, of course.”
I mean, he’s in peak physical condition, so no chance he’ll be fading into the slippers, but at least he knows he can’t go on forever… though it often feels like it.
Hopefully he can drop a couple of NLD wins before he drops into a new role.
Some GOOD news on that front. Danny Welbeck is fit for the weekend. I kind of feel like he’s exactly the sort of player to light up the game. Powerful, awkward, and into the big occasion. He’s also in contract, so he’ll give a fuck.
A front three of Sanchez, Laca and WELBZ. Would he dare? Or will we see Ozil in there somewhere?
HOW IS WENGER GOING TO LINE UP.
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