The Art of Football; Arsene Wenger far from hanging his boots as he lands a job with FIFA

Arsene Wenger could be set for a return to the game in a surprising capacity after being offered a role with FIFA.

According to a report in France from Le Parisien , the former Arsenal boss is wanted as head of technical development at the international governing body.

Wenger is understood to be set to turn down an offer to return to Paris Saint-Germain behind the scenes in order to work alongside Gianni Infantino at FIFA.

The 69-year-old has turned down various jobs with clubs and countries since he left Arsenal after 22 years in charge last summer.

The role at FIFA would involve being responsible for possible rule changes and technological innovations across the game.Wenger was spotted back in London on Thursday after returning to the UK this week.

He has been working as a pundit overseas with beIN Sports but has previously stated his intention to return to management in the near future.

It seems a more unorthodox role could now have taken his fancy, and his presence at the much-maligned governing body would be welcoming given his standing and respect held within the game.

He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to the game at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco last month.

An emotional Wenger said on stage: “When human beings at their best meet sport at its best, life becomes art.”

Meanwhile, Wenger’s former club suffered a hugely disappointing night as they were beaten 3-1 in Rennes in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday.

The Gunners have experienced mixed fortunes as they aim to move on from the Wenger era under new manager Unai Emery.

They face a huge Premier League clash in their top four battle against old rivals Manchester United on Sunday before aiming to overturn their European deficit in the second leg next Thursday.

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