Arsene Wenger could soon be offered the perfect way to end his career

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The sight of Unai Emery in the Emirates dugout is going to take some getting used to this season.

Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign came to an end in May, though the consensus among Arsenal fans was that he should have left many years ago with his three Premier League titles still fresh in the memory.

Yet, three months on and a lot of the vitriol that was aimed at the Frenchman has now died down.

With Le Professeur finally having come to his senses - or having been pushed out, whichever way you look at it - most supporters now wish him the best whether he stays in football or takes his retirement.

A self-professed workaholic, it's difficult to imagine Wenger putting his feet up and he has previously spoken of his desire to continue in management.

“Retiring is for young people," he joked in a press conference last year, long before his departure.

"For old people, retirement is dying.”

There were vacancies at both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but they were quickly filled by Julen Lopetegui and Thomas Tuchel respectively.

For a 68-year-old, a job with an international side might be better suited and it seems Wenger is a wanted man.

Wenger is a 'no. 1 target' 

The Daily Mail report that Japan have made him their number one target as they look for a long-term head coach.

The Samurai Blue have been without a permanent manager since sacking Vahid Halilhodzic two months before the World Cup.

His successor, Akira Nishino, who took charge in Russia, has a short-term deal that expires at the end of July.

Wenger is actually an obvious choice because he is still revered in the country from his spell with Nagoya Grampus Eight in the mid-1990s.


Japan made it to the last-16 of the World Cup in Russia and came very close to upsetting eventual semi-finalists Belgium, going 2-0 up before losing 3-2.

They were relatively uninspiring in the group stages, however, beating Colombia but subsequently drawing with Senegal and losing to Poland; indeed, they only qualified for the knockout stages on the number of yellow cards they received.

While Sir Alex Ferguson famously hit out at his old rival after he had "come from Japan...and is now telling everybody in England how to organise their football", his revolutionary methods are remembered well there.

Although he would prefer to take on another club rather than a national side, he has snubbed offers in the Chinese Super League and PSG have only offered him a role as a director of football - there is little point in accepting such a job as he could have moved upstairs at Arsenal. 

Should Arsene Wenger take the Japan job? Have your say in the comments. 

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