Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger doesn’t think he will be able to cope without football after he retires. Interviewed by Alan Curbishley in a book which also features other notable names in the sport, including Ferguson, Harry Redknapp, Ryan Giggs and Harry Kane, Wenger said the prospect of retiring from the game scares him and admitted it will be difficult to overcome the addiction that comes with the game.
“It’s been my life and, honestly, I’m quite scared of the day,” Wenger says. “The longer I wait, the more difficult it will be and the more difficult it will be to lose the addiction.
“After Alex retired and we played them over there [at Manchester United] he sent a message to me to come up and have a drink with him. I asked: ‘Do you miss it?’ He said: ‘Not at all.’ I didn’t understand that. It’s an emptiness in your life, especially when you’ve lived your whole life waiting for the next game and trying to win it.”
Wenger is going into his 20th year as an Arsenal manager and if these comments are anything to go by, it means the manager isn’t looking forward to retiring. Extending his contract may or may not happen depending on the way the season pans out.
That might have to wait though as the manager is under pressure to deliver the premier league title for the first time since 2004 and that on its own is a major challenge.