Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger explains why he is desperate to return to management

ARSENE WENGER has admitted he felt a “bit lost” after his exit from Arsenal in May.

The Frenchman has revealed he struggled to come to terms with leaving the Gunners after a 22-year association with the club – but is chomping at the bit to return to management in the New Year.

Arsene Wenger spoke candidly to BeIN Sports about his exit from Arsenal
Wenger spoke to Andy Gray and Richard Keys in a wide-ranging interview

He told beIN Sports : “I was a bit lost because you have time in front of you, which was never the case before.

“You always have a problem to sort out and when you have sorted it, there is another one coming straight away.

“The next game is always a target in your life. It’s very difficult, but I took it as a challenge.

“I don’t feel retired at all, I’m basically a competitor.

“The problem is that people want to put you always in cases; ‘retired’ or ‘finished’.”

However, Wenger – who turned down the chance to take over struggling Fulham – did concede there are things that he doesn’t miss about the modern game.

Wenger waved goodbye to Arsenal in May after a 22-year association with the club
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He added: “As long as you have an appetite for life, you always want to be useful and do something which is useful.

“There are many things I don’t miss at all, like all the stuff around the game you have to deal with nowadays.

“But the day, the competition, the achievement that you can do it together – far outweighs that.

“You share emotions, share competitions, ups and downs – you miss that.

“The big advantage I ever had – in the game 35 years without stopping – is sharing what I know with other people.

“If you don’t do that, life is a bit useless. If you cannot share what you’ve accumulated or, at least, try to give some of it to other people, everything you’ve done looks useless.”


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