Wenger: I am desperate to sit on bench again

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Arsene Wenger has said he struggles to deal with the possibility that he will never manage a football club again.

The former Arsenal boss has been out of work since calling time on his 22-year period at the North London club after the 2017-18 season.

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The Frenchman said he has turned down offers but he is desperate to return on the bench one day and experience the intensity of football.

“I can’t live with the fact that I’ll never be on the bench again,” he told beIN Sports. “I might go for an intermediate position. I would like to experience one more time the intensity of a competition.”

Wenger had previously said he expected to return to management in January but he continues to work as a pundit on television.

Wenger also said it was difficult to move on from Arsenal, where he won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cup trophies.

“I never felt that I could live without Arsenal, being disconnected with the club,” he added. “I had to take a distance by being positive.

“Sometimes you could become a bit bitter because you don’t have the same excitement anymore and I’m very happy to have survived that in a very positive way.

“I’m happy to have disconnected and being seen like a baby who has evolved from a distance.”