Arsene Wenger fears he will be forced to retire due to age discrimination


Arsene Wenger to consider executive role after retiring as Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger has said he may end his managerial career once he ends his tenure as Arsenal boss at the end of this season. The Frenchman is due to leave Arsenal after 22 years in charge but plans to continue working in some capacity. Wenger, 68, has been linked with a host of positions with Everton, Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team rumored to have presented him with offers.

“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.”

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Wenger 'has had a lot of offers' to consider post-Arsenal.

“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 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.”

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Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger holds a trophy he was presented with after the match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, May 6, 2018. The match is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's last home game in charge after announcing in April he will stand down as Arsenal coach at the end of the season after nearly 22 years at the helm. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)