Wenger insists he will soon be back at work

FORMER Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who expects to be working again in the New Year, says he has fielded enquiries from all over the world.

Wenger, who left Arsenal in May after 22 years in charge, has no idea where he will be employed next, but he feels “rested and ready to work again”.

The 68-year-old Frenchman, who coached Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight before joining Arsenal, told German newspaper Bild: “I believe I will start again on 1st January. I don’t yet know where. There are associations and national teams… it could be also in Japan

“From my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels, and there are enquiries from all over the world.”

Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup Finals at Arsenal, but his final years at the north London club were more turbulent.

He endured a barrage of criticism from fans and pundits in the latter part of his reign, for his tactical approach and perceived failings in the transfer market, as the London club went 14 seasons without lifting the Premier League trophy.

Wenger also said Germany needed Arsenal play-maker Mesut Ozil to come out of international retirement. He announced the end of his Germany career, shortly after returning from the World Cup in Russia.

He had been criticised widely for posing alongside Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a photograph last May, which also featured Germany team-mate Ilkay Gundogan.

Ozil, a member of the 2014 World Cup-winning team, said he had faced “racism and disrespect” because of his Turkish roots.

But Wenger said: “I believe that Germany needs Ozil, and I hope that manager Joachim Loew can convince him to go back.

“Ozil is a super footballer, and he was not the worst in the World Cup. I was disappointed that he left the German national team.

“I love it when the players are as good as possible. But they lose a bit if they do not play at an international level.”


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