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Arsene Wenger admits he won’t manage another English club

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he would not consider another managerial job in England as it could be a sense of betrayal to his former club Arsenal. The Frenchman ended his 22-year association with the Gunners last week after he oversaw a 1-0 triumph over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Since then, the Frenchman has been answering questions related to his long-standing Gunners career and when asked about the prospect of managing another English outfit, he said: “It will be very difficult for me [without Arsenal. At the moment if I want to continue to work, I think I have to move out of the country, because my gut feeling at the moment is that I would feel I would betray my club by staying in England. People might feel that I've betrayed what I've built here. That is the problem I face at the moment. My club is here, my heart is here and will be forever. As I said in my speech on the pitch after the Burnley game, I'm a fan above all.”

Despite the Frenchman’s departure, the Gunners are not in a rush to appoint his successor, though a decision is expected to be made before this summer’s World Cup in Russia. According to reports, former Gunner Mikel Arteta, who is currently an assistant with Manchester City, is the leading candidate for the role, though the move could pose a risk with the Spaniard having no experience of managing a club.

Nevertheless, whoever comes on board may not have the luxury of making transfer decisions by their own with the club having recruited Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi for the job. The former was influential towards the Gunners’ signing during the winter period and he is likely to be handed a similar role ahead of the summer, where the club are planning an overhaul of the defence.