Arsene Wenger poised to become manager of Qatar's national team as they prepare to host World Cup

FORMER Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is being lined up for a spectacular return to management with the Qatar national team ahead of the 2022 World Cup which the Middle Eastern country is due to host.


Since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season, Wenger has been linked with many jobs including the managerial positions at Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. So far, he has not taken any of them but is thought to be keen on a new challenge and Qatar are keen to take advantage of the situation by snapping Wenger up.


Qatar are keen to restructure their national team set-up ahead of the 2022 World Cup because as hosts, they want to do well in the tournament. This will be the first time the World Cup is hosted in the Middle East and Qatar are hoping that a good showing will help raise the profile of the game locally.


One sources close to Qatari football said: “In preparation for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar would like to have a big name on the bench of its national team. The Qataris had already tried to convince former Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim during his stay in Doha but he would head to China, so Qatar has therefore tried the Wenger track.”


Wenger is thought to be keen on trying his hand at international management and is also aware that he may not have many more opportunities to manage at a World Cup. Qatar are determined to convince Wenger to take over their project, giving him three years to prepare for the tournament.


It is believed that Wenger has a close relationship with senior officials in Qatar, having frequently worked as a pundit on the Qatari-owned Bein Sports network. Wenger, 69, is widely regarded as one of the finest managers of all time, having enjoyed a huge amount of success during his 22-year reign with ​Arsenal.


He guided the Gunners to three ​Premier League titles and seven FA Cup triumphs during his time in north London. Wenger is also famous for bringing several youths through the Arsenal academy, including Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi.