Arsene Wenger has faced his fair share of criticism in recent years, but there’s no denying the fact that he is the most successful manager in the history of Arsenal Football Club. The Frenchman led the Gunners to three Premier League titles, seven FA Cup titles and seven Community Shields during his 20-plus year tenure in North London.
It was time for a change, however, as Arsenal are set to finish outside the top-four in the league for the second year running. His legacy is unmatched, however, after having taken Arsenal into Champions League every year from 2000-01 until this past season. Wenger may even have the chance to add a Europa League title to his ledger before he leaves if his squad are able to keep their current run going.
As of now, nobody really knows what’s next for Arsene Wenger. Much of the focus regarding his departure has centered around who will take his place at the Emirates, but is there a chance he could continue at another job? Wenger is set to turn 69 in November, but he appears to be in fine physical and mental condition. If he were to show interest in continuing his coaching career, one would imagine no shortage of opportunities will come his way.
The Arsenal opening is one of the more high-profile jobs set to become available this summer. That said, there will likely be a few more opening up as the end of the season draws near.
One potential obvious landing spot for Wenger would be the capital city of his home country. Despite making the splashiest move of all during last summer’s transfer window by signing Neymar away from Barcelona, Paris St. Germain endured yet another disappointing early exit in Champions League. Paris have already clinched the Ligue 1 title after failing to win it last season, but all indications are that the team’s brass will look to move on from Unai Emery.
If Emery is sacked, as expected, the PSG job will instantly become one of the most attractive in Europe. Wenger already has a close friendship with the team’s owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who has reportedly unsuccessfully tried to lure Wenger away from Arsenal twice in the past. Now that Wenger is set to become a free agent, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see Al-Khelaifi register interest.
With limitless funds behind the squad and plenty of talent already present, Wenger wouldn’t have to do a ton to enjoy a successful stint in Paris.
If he decides against moving back home, he may be tempted by the chance to return to Japan. Wenger was the coach at Nagoya Grampus Eight in the mid-90s before taking the Arsenal job, and the Frenchman credits his time in Japan with rekindling his love for football and improving his overall temperament.
He was also reportedly offered a lucrative contract to coach in China last summer, but Wenger instead turned it down to stay at Arsenal.
Another situation to watch is the one in Madrid. Despite having led Real to back-to-back Champions League titles (they’re on the verge of a third), Zinedine Zidane might be on the outs. There has been talk that Zidane could leave the club this summer, and Real’s brass have reportedly been interested in Wenger for quite some time.
If he fancies a new challenge, perhaps Wenger could have interest in revamping the United States men’s national side. The Americans embarrassingly failed to qualify for the upcoming World Cup in Russia, and no permanent replacement for Bruce Arena has been hired. It’s a bit of a long-term job, however, which is something a man of Wenger’s age may not want to dive into.
It’ll be fascinating to see where, if anywhere, Wenger winds up once his time at Arsenal has come to a close.