Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he would snub the Premier League in search of a new challenge if his tenure at the Emirates ever came to a premature end, telling the Evening Standard that the Bundesliga and German football appeals as a potential future destination.
Wenger's position as Gunners chief remains in doubt despite his claims to the contrary thanks to the Frenchman's decision not to pen a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
All eyes are currently on preparations for the FA Cup final against Hull City on May 17th but Wenger has allowed himself to look beyond that match and perhaps even a 17-year tenure at the Emirates by sharing a passion for the Bundesliga, admitting he would be interested in coaching in the German top-flight at some stage.
He told the Evening Standard: “If I was to go somewhere then I think it would be in a different country because I am so much Arsenal that I would not like to coach anywhere else in England.
“Germany [is an option] because I am of German culture a little bit and it’s a country where I have never worked and I am very close to it.”
Wenger still looks very likely to go well beyond the FA Cup final and 1,010 matches as Gunners boss by eventually penning fresh terms, but it's more than fair to question why the veteran coach has waited so long to do so.
Last Sunday's post-match press conference following a 1-0 win over West Brom saw Wenger once again cite a desire to feel useful as the reason for the impasse, insisting his loyalty is not in question and it's full steam ahead for an 18th campaign in charge next term.