Japan make Arsene Wenger their No 1 target as they look to appoint former Arsenal manager on long-term deal

By Daily Sports on July 20, 2018

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Arsene Wenger is the No 1 target for the

Japan FA as they look for a new national manager.

The former Arsenal manager had been linked with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain but Madrid is now out of the equation after the appointment of Julen Lopetegui while Wenger would be a director football at PSG rather than in management.

Several clubs in China are keen on the former Arsenal manager Wenger – indeed he rejected an offer of around £30million two years ago to move there and opted to stay at Arsenal.

Now Japan want to bring Wenger back to the country where he worked with considerable success in the mid-1990s at Nagoya Grampus Eight.

Wenger is highly respected and regarded in Japan and he has always spoken of how he enjoyed his life there.

And the hierarchy at the Japanese FA now want to bring him back to take over the national team.

It has been a turbulent time for the Japan team. Vahid Halilhodzic, the man who took them to the World Cup finals in Russia, was sacked just two months before the tournament.

His successor Akira Nishino took over on a short-term contract that expires at the end of this month.

Japan now want to bring in Wenger on a long-term basis. Wenger has always said his preference is for club football.

But the opportunities in Europe are limited and China would appear to be the most likely destination at club level.

However, Wenger’s affection for Japan could persuade him to make his venture into the international arena. (Daily Mail)

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Source Daily Sports

Posted July 20, 2018

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