After last season's dramatic 2-1 FA Cup victory against Chelsea, it seemed like it was one final hurrah for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.
Having failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 seasons, and under mounting fan pressure following 13 years without a trophy other than the FA Cup, it was expected that Wenger would leave the Emirates after 21 years.
However, much to everyone's surprise, the Frenchman was awarded a new two-year deal, taking his stay in North London to almost 23 years if he sees out his contract.
The start to this campaign hasn't exactly gone to plan, though, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil still yet to sign new contracts, and their current deals expiring next summer.
Results also got off to a shaky start, notably the 4-0 hammering by Liverpool at Anfield, but they've lost just once in 14 games since then. Progression has been secured to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, all but qualified in their Europa League group, and moving up to 6th in the Premier League.
Whatever is achieved between now and 2019, though, it is expected that Wenger will leave the club and pursue pastures new, as he will be almost 70 by then.
And in an interview with beIN Sports, per the Mirror, the Arsenal manager refused to rule out a move into international management for his next move.
"Maybe one day I will do it at some stage but until now I like to be involved every day in the life of a club because the real test is there," he said.
"Four or five weeks is a different experience, it’s more concentrated whereas the real test is to manage on a daily basis but I will not always have the physical strength to do that.
"Yes of course (I’d be tempted) because my life is linked with football and, depending on my physical state, but until the end of my life I will be on football.
"As a director, manager, I will be a manager as long as possible, but i will stay involved."
It's not the first time the Frenchman has been linked with a job in international football, having had his name mentioned with the England job on a few occasions.
And when asked if he would be in the dug-out at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Wenger was particularly coy on the subject.
"Maybe, maybe on the bench..." he answered.
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