Arsene Wenger set to return to football with 4 offers on the table
Is Wenger set to return to football?
He may not be currently employed but Arsene Wenger is still a man who's active in the headlines. The Frenchmen really made his name for himself at Arsenal, playing a massive part in the Gunners becoming one of the Premier League's most dominant forces. But in May of 2018 he ended his 22 year association with the club, stepping down after an inconsistent campaign which saw them finish in 6th position. There were cries of 'Wenger Out' from many Arsenal supporters during the back-end of his tenure but no one can argue with the success he achieved at Highbury, then the Emirates Stadium.
Now he's unemployed for the first time in years and despite ending his spell with the Gunners in disappointing fashion, he's reportedly not short on job offers. The Times have reported that Wenger has told friends he has 4 job offers on the table at the moment, none of which are in the Premier League. The 69 year-old believes it would be disrespectful to his former club to work for another side in England so it all points to a move abroad, despite him being based in London. Where should he go and what are the odds on his next potential destination? Read below and get involved on Twitter @FootyAccums!
Arsene Wenger's Reported Offers
According to The Times, Wenger has 4 concrete offers on the table and they claim he could make his return to football within a month. He hasn't been fully involved in the game since leaving Arsenal barring the occasional appearance as a pundit for various television channels. Since retiring as a player he's spent all of his career as a manager but the roles he's been offered could see him take a step away from that role. One that's received a fair bit of a media attention is a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain in a Directer of Football capacity.
Thomas Tuchel is currently the manager at the Parc des Princes so Wenger would essentially be working above him. It would mean he moves back to his homeland and he has close links to the current owners at the club (Qatar Sports Investments) after the punditry work he did with beIN Sports over in Qatar, so it does make sense. But on the flip side it means that he would be taken away from the day-to-day coaching of the players which is something that he misses after his 22 year spell with Arsenal. But if he was to take it we would not be surprised if he was to end up PSG manager eventually, due to their owners trigger-happy nature.
Alongside that he has an offer from a national team - again a role which would take him away from the day-to-day club managerial side of the game. But with him now at the age of 69 he's approaching the back-end of his career so it could end up being a wise move due to the significant lack of intensity. The national team in question is thought to be Qatar which again has links to the PSG owners and with the 2022 World Cup set to be hosted there, it could be an exciting new challenge for him to get his teeth stuck into.
Aside from those two he also has two offers from 'two leading clubs in Europe'. Information on this looks pretty sparse but both the Bayern Munich and Real Madrid hot seats could be free this summer and both would definitely attractive options for Wenger which he certainly would consider - so it's going to be interesting to see how this pans out.
Wenger's Next Job Odds
Arsene Wenger's spell in the Premier League with Arsenal made him one of the most in-demand and well respected managers in the world, whilst also enhancing his reputation to big levels. Before moving to England he wasn't exactly a household name, but his achievements have now led to him being linked to some very big jobs. Bookmakers are offering a variety of odds for his next move & we've picked out a few that look very possible:
Bayern Munich - 4/1 Odds @ SkyBet
Moving to the Bundesliga would mean leaving London and England behind, but Wenger would find it very difficult to resist the lure of a move to Germany's most successful club. Playing at the fantastic Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich are one of the biggest sides in world football and there he would be given a significant transfer budget along with a very talented squad - so everything there is in place for him to go on and succeed.
Niko Kovac is currently the man at the helm for the Bavarians but after an underwhelming debut campaign the board are reportedly looking to replace him in the summer - which could open the door for Wenger. Bayern are the shortest priced club on the list and we think he would relish the challenge of moving to a new country and league. Added to that they have a few ageing players (Franck Ribery & Arjen Robben) who need replacing so he could really put his own mark on the club.
AC Milan - 7/1 Odds @ SkyBet
Another club strongly linked with a move for Arsene Wenger are AC Milan, who currently coached by former player Gennaro Gattuso. The Rossoneri are another one of the biggest clubs in European football and despite losing their way in recent years, this is another seriously attractive job opportunity. He would again be given a big transfer budget to get them competing but he would need to do something incredible if they were to topple Juventus at the top of the Serie A table.
AC Milan haven't won the league title since the 2010/11 season and they haven't finished in the top 4 in any of the previous 5 seasons - so there's very clearly a major rebuilding job to be done at the San Siro. Wenger is someone who loves a challenge and trying his hand at life in Italy could be very rewarding - especially if Milan can break into the top 4 and get Champions League football next season.
Real Madrid - 10/1 Odds @ SkyBet
The richest and arguably biggest club in world football, Real Madrid, are also credited with an interest in Wenger's services. Los Blancos tried to tempt him to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu a number of times during his spell at Arsenal, with club president Florentino Perez clearly a big fan of his. Santiago Solari is currently in charge of the Champions League holders but it's understood that the Real hierarchy don't see him as Zinedine Zidane's long-term replacement, which could lead to them making a move for Wenger.
Real are also going through something a transitional period at the moment after making their worst ever start to a domestic season so they're expected to spend heavy in the summer too. Their squad is packed the brim with world class players but they look a little short going forward, so Wenger could really enjoy himself being able to sign some of the biggest names in the game. 10/1 looks a good price for this and it would certainly be an intriguing match up.