Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to return to football next year but admits it would be “odd” to work in England again.

The 69-year-old has been out of work since leaving Arsenal in the summer after 22 years at the club but remains ready to take up a new challenge, starting in January.

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Speaking at the launch of ‘The Twinning Project’ at Wembley, he said of his return to football: “Certainly at the beginning of 2019.

Wenger said; “At the moment I’m having a good rest and I watch football a lot.

“I’m here at Wembley where I played many games and have good memories, and of course you miss that.

“I said many times maybe the best way is not to be in England because I spent so much time at the same club it would seem odd to go somewhere else.

“But at the moment I cannot tell you [about my future] because I don’t know.

“I don’t know where I will be. I will be somewhere but I don’t know where.”

The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Real Madrid following the sacking of head coach Julen Lopetegui.