‘Am I ready for another crazy challenge? I’m not sure’ – Wenger drops retirement hint

The veteran coach has previously expressed his desire to feed his footballing addiction, but has now suggested that he will not necessarily go on

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he does not know what the future holds for him.

The Frenchman stepped down from his role as Gunners boss at the end of the previous season after nearly 22 years in charge.

While he has previously said that he is interested in a return to management, he has suggested for the first time that he may be willing to quit the game if he does not feel that he can give any future job the commitment he feels is necessary.

“Do I still have the desire to be a coach? It’s the question I’m going to have to answer in the next two weeks,” he told TF1’s ‘Telefoot’ programme.

“Do I still have the desire to be a coach? Yes. Do I have the desire to throw myself into another crazy challenge? I don’t know. It’s a job that requires total commitment.

“I must give myself a little distance, which is something I’ve never done. I’ll have to see how much I miss it.”

Wenger first moved into management in 1984 with Nancy, where he stayed three years before moving on to Monaco. A successful spell at Stade Louis II last seven seasons before he left the club. After a brief sojourn from the game, he made a surprise move to Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight.

He joined Arsenal in 1996 and would be at the club for over two decades. He led the Gunners to numerous trophies, including three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. Moreover, he also guided them to the Champions League final of 2005-06.

Since departing Arsenal, he has been associated with a potential switch to Real Madrid, where countryman Zinedine Zidane recently stepped down after winning three successive Champions League trophies, while he has also been touted as a potential replacement for Didier Deschamps at the head of the France national team should they flop at World Cup 2018.

There have also been links to Paris Saint-Germain, where he could go as a sporting director to work with head coach Thomas Tuchel.

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