LONDON. — Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is likely to return to football management in January, but doesn’t yet know where he is headed.
The Frenchman left the Gunners at the end of last season, after a 22-year reign, and has been without a club since.
However, the 68-year-old now seems eager to get back into coaching.
“Yes, it looks like it,” Wenger told Sport Bild when asked if he will return to management.
“I believe that (I’ll) start again on January 1. I don’t know yet (where I’m headed). I am rested, and I am ready to work again.”
He added: “There are associations, national teams; it could be also (in) Japan,” Wenger said.
“Thanks to my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.”
Reports have linked Wenger with a move to Bayern Munich, where Niko Kovac is enduring a difficult run of results, but he stated that the Bavarians should stick with their current manager.
Meanwhile, Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson says he is starting to enjoy himself at Hoffenheim after a slow start at the Bundesliga club.
The 18-year-old joined manager Julian Nagelsmann’s side on loan from the Gunners at the end of August but was not selected in the matchday squad for their league opener against Freiburg.
However, he came off the bench against Dusseldorf in their second Bundesliga game of the season and scored a consolation goal in the 2-1 defeat, before bagging his second goal for Hoffenheim against Eintracht Frankfurt, in another 2-1 loss.
“It was a rocky start, but now I’m getting a few minutes here and there and scoring, so I’m happy,” Nelson told the press. Nelson also started his first England Under-21 game on Tuesday against Scotland, after coming off the bench in his debut against Andorra, and capped off the performance with a goal from a free-kick that helped England to a 2-0 victory.
He added: “When we were given the free-kick, my eyes lit up and I knew it was time. Luckily, it went in the top corner, so I’m all smiles now.”