Wenger: I’d be betraying Arsenal if I stayed in England

With a 22-year stay now coming to a close, the Gunners boss has indicated his next club will be outside of the Premier League

Arsene Wenger has reiterated he will not take another job in the Premier League as it would feel like a betrayal of Arsenal.

The veteran Frenchman is ending a 22-year stay at Arsenal but he has yet to confirm his next move, while former player Mikel Arteta is the front-runner to succeed him at Emirates Stadium.

Wenger, who signed off with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town on Sunday, says he is mulling over his options but is unlikely to stay in English football.

As revealed by Goal, Wenger could even move away from club management and take a director of football role, or perhaps a national team job.

“It will be very difficult for me [without Arsenal],” Wenger told the official Arsenal website.

“At the moment if I want to continue to work, I think I have to move out of the country, because my gut feeling at the moment is that I would feel I would betray my club by staying in England.

“People might feel that I’ve betrayed what I’ve built here. That is the problem I face at the moment.

“My club is here, my heart is here and will be forever. As I said in my speech on the pitch after the Burnley game, I’m a fan above all.”

Arsenal will again miss out on a place in the Champions League next season after they finished in sixth place in the table and were knocked out of the Europa League semi-final by Atletico Madrid.


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