Managing England may frustrate Arsene Wenger –Robert Pires Ex Arsenal player

Fellow Frenchman who played under the Arsenal boss for six years suspects the long breaks between internationals won’t suit a man who still loves daily training

Robert Pires claims Arsene Wenger might not enjoy being England manager.

Pires believes Wenger’s “obsession” with day-to-day management may stop him wanting to quit Arsenal, where he has been in charge for 20 years, to become Three Lions boss.

The FA are keen to speak the 66-year-old Frenchman if he shows any interest in taking the Three Lions job permanently when his contract expires next summer.

Pires played under Wenger at Arsenal from 2000 to 2006, occasionally still trains at the North London club to keep fit and helps coach their Academy sides.

Robert Pires and Arsene Wenger

Speaking at the launch of Star Sixes, the first ever competitive world football tournament for iconic former international players, he said: “I see Arsene… he loves the pitch every morning.

“This is like an obsession, it’s a passion. Manager for the national team is not really the same, because he loves football.

“This is my opinion. If he takes this job, he needs to adapt. The new job. The new challenge. But I repeat, it’s not really the same.”

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