Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has openly confirmed he would be interested in occupying the vacant position, as a permanent manager at Bayern Munich.
The Frenchman is one of three forerunners for the job since Niko Kovac’s dismissal, alongside Jose Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri.
However, despite turning 70 last month. Arsene Wenger wants to be back at the dugout more than ever and wasted no time in declaring his interest when quizzed about the job.
“I came here to speak about the games and you start very strongly there [with your questions],” Wenger joked, after a point-blank question on the Bayern Munich job.
“Of course [I would be interested in Bayern Munich]. Coaching was my whole life until now and everybody who has coached will tell you the same.
“You miss the intensity. There are some things you miss big and some things you don’t miss.
“So I enjoyed as well things I don’t miss too much.
“But on the other hand football games, winning football games, preparing a team for the game and developing players and get satisfaction, share emotions, is something that you miss. So of course, yes.
“I was responsible at 33 years of age and coached until 69 without interruption at the top level. That is 36 years without stopping you know.
“So on the other hand, even if I miss it, to get a little bit out of that pressure for a year was not too bad for me.
“People who know me well say I’m more relaxed – it’s true.”
Arsene Wenger may have one less competitor to worry about, with reports former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri does not intend on pursuing the opportunity, at least not in the current season.