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Arsene Wenger has admitted he may call time on his managerial career once he ends his tenure as Arsenal boss this season.
The Frenchman is due to exit Arsenal after 22 years in charge, but has said before he plans to continuing working.
Wenger, 68, has been linked with a host of positions with Everton, Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team rumoured to have presented him with offers.
But as he approaches 70, Wenger believes taking up a football role away from pitchside may be an easier route to further employment.
‘Maybe with a distance I will think, ‘no, maybe it’s a time to change a little bit direction’,’ said Wenger.
‘That’s what I have to decide. This has been a fantastic period for me but I have to turn the page and go for the next challenge.
‘For sure I will be active – my brain demands work. I like the English saying,
“You have to live every day like it is your last”. One day you will be right.’
Wenger has been linked with an executive position at PSG, where he has a close friendship with president Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi. And as the trend of younger managers in the Premier League continues, Wenger thinks his age may be an issue. ‘I don’t look very good on the beach,’ said Wenger.
‘I like green grass. I like to work on it every day. I didn’t miss a training session in 22 years. I never stayed in my office.
That is something that I will miss. ‘I keep myself fit. We have staff games – I can still play. I would pick myself every week.
People look at your age and make an issue of it. ‘It becomes a bit discrimination. They don’t really look how you work and perform. They look, “Oh he is old”. I can understand that as I thought the same when I was young.’