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Ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appears to make U-turn on Premier League job stance

By Ben Green

Published: 14:42, 28 June 2019

Arsene Wenger has opened the door on a return to the Premier League because it is the “place to be at the moment”.

The former Arsenal manager has been out of work since leaving the Gunners after a 22-year association with the north London club last summer.

Could Wenger make PL return? Five things to know…

  • Wenger managed Arsenal for 22 years between 1996 and 2018.
  • He left last summer and was subsequently linked with a move to Fulham after Slavisa Jokanovic’s sacking.
  • Wenger said he would “certainly” not be managing in England again in October 2018.
  • More recently the Frenchman has seen his name associated with the vacant Newcastle job.
  • However, he has cooled interest after suggesting he is not ready to return just yet.

Since then he has been linked to a host of clubs, including Fulham as well as AC Milan throughout stages of last season, but the Frenchman has largely stuck to punditry work in his spare time.

But that could be about to change after the veteran tactician aroused anticipation that he would relish the opportunity to one day return to top-flight English football.

Speaking to France 24, he said: “I would prefer to try another country, although my preferred time was in England because the Premier League is the place to be at the moment.

“But for me it is very difficult because I was for so long at the same club. But why not?

“I still need a bit of time to pass and then maybe make the decision.”

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Wenger out of Newcastle running

The bookmakers have been working overdrive since it was confirmed Rafa Benitez would leave Newcastle United upon the expiration of his contract this summer.

The likes of Jose Mourinho and even Wenger himself have been linked with the open position, but the latter was quick to distance his name from the running.

Asked if he would consider any coaching role in the immediate future, Wenger said: “Not in the near future, no. I’m still not ready to go back.

“I thought yes but I don’t think at the moment I will come back.

“I’m more open now than a year ago to talk about that but I cannot tell you that in the next two or three days I will go into management again.

“I took a little bit of distance and I enjoyed it. I worked for 35 years without any interruptions, so I think I deserved a little rest.”