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Arsene Wenger has reportedly held talks with Barcelona about taking over as head coach but has told the club no thanks.
Currently working at FIFA, where he is seen as number two to president Gianni Infantino, Arsene Wenger spoke recently about how much he misses the day-to-day of club coaching.
That being said, he stressed that the job would have to be ‘perfect’ for him to consider returning to that sort of lifestyle given that he’s now 70.
Barcelona’s offer must not have seemed like that because, after talks with them about replacing the Quique Setien, Wenger politely declined their offer. I assume it was polite, but I cannot confirm that as it’s not mentioned in any report, but this is Arsene Wenger we’re talking about.
Setien was only appointed to the role in mid-January.
Le10Sport also report that Barcelona are one of a few clubs to have approached Wenger which isn’t really a surprise. Nobody did a better job of demonstrating just how well Wenger did under tight restrictions than Unai Emery when he arrived to replace him at Arsenal and proceeded to make things much, much worse.
“I want to create at Fifa the most efficient analysis centre in the world,” Wenger recently told Europe1. “I know it’s very ambitious, but you will see that at the World Cup in 2022 we will produce match analysis which will be extremely effective.”
Arsenal ‘analytics guru’ Jaeson Rosenfeld of StatDNA left the club to join Wenger at FIFA, according to a report back in March.
As for Barcelona, Wenger met with them, heard what they had to say and then declined their offer to take over for next season.