Arsene Wenger has spent a year out of management, but yesterday met the press at the launch of Playmaker, a sports data service he has invested in.
The question of his possible return to management was high on the agenda, but so too the current goings-on at Arsenal with the Europa League final on the horizon.
The issue of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s absence from the squad, and the difficulties of fans getting to the were things he touched on.
“That’s something that should not happen in football, inside Europe with very sophisticated democracies, that politically you cannot play a football game,” said the former boss, before turning his attention to the fact that Arsenal and Chelsea have barely sold 5000 tickets between them, and have actually returned some to UEFA.
“It’s a little bit of a nightmare,” he said. “The teams do not have such a problem, they live in ideal conditions, they have a private jet, they have nice business seats; it’s the fans.”
“I support Arsenal and that will be forever. They are my club. I have given my life to this club but I managed quite well to focus on something different.
“I watch them like a fan. I don’t judge. I’m happy when they win and not happy when they don’t play well. But after that I try to really take a distance with it.”
As for his own future, he is sure a return to football is on the cards, but in which capacity remains the question.
“I will go back into football, for sure,” he said. ‘In what position I don’t know, whether that is as a manager or not. The appetite, the desire, is still there
“Originally I said I want to manage straight away again. After that I thought maybe I take a little distance. I came to the conclusion that I want to share what I learned in my life.
“Because life is only useful if at some stage you share what you know. In what way will it be – will it be just winning football games or in another way – that’s what I have to decide.
“That decision will come very quickly. Football is still my passion; that’s the only thing I have a little bit of a feeling I know a little bit about.”