I will never be a director of football at Arsenal – Arsene Wenger

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Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has he would never take up the role of director of football at the Emirate or anywhere else.

Wenger, who spent two decades at the North London club said he would consider a boardroom post instead of the aforementioned role.

Wenger is the current FIFA’s head of Global Football Development. He left day-to-day management in 2018.

Despite leaving the touchline two years ago, it has been regularly speculated that he could return to club football. The former Monaco coach does not believe that such a position would suit him. The Frenchman however, revealed that he may consider a different role, adding that there are many ways to succeed at a football club.

Mikel Arteta and Wenger on the training ground few years ago

“I would have considered being on the board at Arsenal as an adviser.

“I believe that honestly there is a deficit of knowledge in the big clubs of top, top-level competition and games of top-level sport. And I believe we have seen recently that there are many ways to be successful in football.

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“For example, there’s the Bayern [Munich] way, where the whole success and continuity relies on people who know the values of the club, and they transfer that from generation to generation: Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeness, Karl-Heinze Rummenigge.

“Or there are models in England of quick money and quick success. Both can work. I like the fact that a club is the first identity and has knowledge that is transferred from generation to generation. So that’s why I saw things that way,” he told The Guardian in response to a question asked by long-time rival Jose Mourinho.

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can be a surprise package this season

Mikel Arteta, who was brought to the club by Wenger is now at the helms of affairs. When asked what advice he would pass on to the manager, Wenger urged the Spaniard to continue to have a grip on the team and go to the end of his beliefs.

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“I think there is a good team spirit and they have a good chance to do well. I believe it will not be very difficult to improve on the number of points they got last season, but I’m convinced Arsenal can be in the top four, if not more. Why not more?

“They can be the surprise package for me this year: they bought well, they strengthened the defence well, and they kept the players who were already there. In my last year I bought Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, they kept him. They have every ingredient and no real weakness.”

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