Wenger eyes "optimal" management return after admitting discomfort in FIFA role

Arsene Wenger says he's still open to a return to management after admitting that he feels like "a bit of an intruder" in his FIFA role.

The 70-year-old took up a position as FIFA's Chief of Global Football Development after ending his 22-year stay in the Arsenal dugout in 2018, and he says he's missing the day-to-day interaction with a squad of players.

"Every day, I want to train, I've been doing this all my life," Wenger told Europe 1.

"I'm 70 years old, I gave a lot. Should I play Russian roulette a bit, even when it comes to my health? I can't do things by halves, so I ask myself this question."

Wenger was then questioned if he would like to return to management at the highest level, and provided a caveat with his answer.

"It will be in conditions that I consider optimal," he said. "Otherwise, I will not do it."

The Frenchman is involved in laying the groundwork for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and although he admits he can often feel a bit claustrophobic in office environments, he is determined to make a success of his position.

"I smelled the grass every morning, and today I am more in muffled, administrative environments, and in offices. So obviously, I feel a bit of an intruder in there," he added.

"I want to create the most efficient analysis centre in the world at FIFA. I know it is very ambitious, but you will see that at the World Cup in 2022 we will produce match analyses which will be extremely efficient.

"I'm in the process of hiring a lot of people at this level right now. And I think there is still a lot of progress to be made in the way we see football."

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