Monday 21 May 2018

Bob Wilson tips outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to manage France

Wenger’s 22-year stay as Arsenal manager will finish at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger To Leave Arsenal
Arsene Wenger To Leave Arsenal

By Phil Blanche, Press Association Sport

Arsenal great Bob Wilson believes Arsene Wenger is destined to manage his country France one day.

Wenger announced on Friday that his 22-year stay as Arsenal manager will conclude at the end of the season.

But Wilson, who made over 300 appearances for Arsenal between 1963 and 1974 and worked as a goalkeeping coach under Wenger, thinks the 68-year-old Frenchman will not quit football.

“I know before that France have asked him (to become manager),” Wilson told BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“I have got this thing that he may go back to his home country and really bring around change in the French national side.”

David Seaman, another former Arsenal goalkeeper, agreed that Wenger will choose not to call time on his career.

“I hope he goes on holiday, he looks like he needs a good break,” Seaman said.

“But he has a passion for football, he’s totally obsessed with it.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned up at another club or in international football.”

A host of names have already been suggested as possible candidates to succeed Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira – currently head coach at New York City – ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, Germany manager Joachim Low, Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers and Italian pair Carlo Ancelotti and Massimiliano Allegri are among those who have been linked.

“I wouldn’t think we’ll know before the end of the season, I don’t think that’s the Arsenal way,” Wilson said.

“But hopefully it will be early in the close season so the players are understanding.

“I was looking at Joachim Low but he has got a contract with the German national team.

“It would appear at this moment that it could be Luis Enrique who was at Barcelona and has taken a year out.

“He is available and he did achieve at Barcelona, although he did lose his job after a short time.”

Seaman added: “I want a manager to come in who is tried and trusted and already proven.

“He needs a big stature to go in there and make demands.

“If he doesn’t get them he has to say ‘right, I’m not coming’ because the team needs a big overhaul.”

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