Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah.

Mo Farah wants Arsenal fitness coach role once he retires

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Mo Farah has expressed his desire to find a career in football once he hangs up his spikes. 

The long-distance runner is known to be an Arsenal fan, and hopes to one day become the fitness coach at the Emirates Stadium.

He has conveyed his admiration for Arsene Wenger's style of play and has grown up supporting the north London club. 


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Now living in the London borough of Hounslow, the 33-year-old left his birthplace of Somalia as a child, amidst the ongoing war in the east African country. 

The athlete is pleased with Arsenal's use of African players over the years, some of the most notable ones being Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue (Ivory Coast), Lauren and Alex Song (Cameroon) and Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo).

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The quadruple gold medalist said: "I liked the way they played. They also had a lot of players from African backgrounds." 

He further added: "One day, I'd love to be able to work for them, maybe as a fitness coach.

"I'm a big believer in what the body's capable of with proper training." 

However, Farah has also mentioned that he wishes to continue on the track for as long as his body and mind would allow him. 

He added: "I've been running for years now, so I'm no spring chicken any more. My body's getting tired, it takes me longer to recover, so I'v got to be smart, train smart."

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Farah is the most decorated distance runner in modern British history, having won both the 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics, as well as successfully defending the medals in Rio four years later. 

At 33 years of age, however, the Olympic Champion is understandably assessing his options for life after the track. 

Farah continued: "I think I'll make it to Tokyo, but my aim is to take it one year at a time. Once I get next year's World Championships out of the way, I'll see if I can go.

"The passion's still there, but there will be a day when I wake up and think: "I can't do this any more, I'm not as hungry as I was, I don't enjoy it as much.

"That's the day I know I'll need to hang up my spikes." 

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That day could actually turn out to be a great one for both both Farah and Arsenal.

Given the runner's immense experience and knowledge of stamina, endurance, and how the body works, he could provide some useful insight to Wenger, if the French tactician is still around at that point.

Farah is not the first athlete to have expressed his wish to get involved with an English football team.

Usain Bolt, three time Olympic 100m Champion, wishes to play for Manchester United one day, however, as a player, which could be a bit far-fetched in comparison to the British runner's ambitions.  

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