Former Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger is about to return to administration in January for a one off match between Paris Saint-Germain and Saudi Arabia’s all-stars. The Riyadh Season Cup is up for grabs when the 2 sides conflict and Wenger shall be in command of the group made up of Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr stars. It marks the primary time that Wenger will step into the dugout since leaving his function as Arsenal supervisor in 2018. In the three years since, he has taken up a task as FIFA’s chief of world soccer growth. Most notably, the 71-year-old has been on the forefront of a push to maintain the World Cup each two years relatively than each 4 as is at the moment conventional.
“The nice worldwide coach Arsene Wenger was signed to lead the celebs of al-Hilal and al-Nasr in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain within the Riyadh Season Cup,” the chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, Turki al-Sheikh, tweeted on Sunday. The match may even imply a reunion between Wenger and former Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino. The announcement got here simply days after it was confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund had bought an 80 per cent stake in Newcastle United. The Premier League says they’ve a legally binding settlement that the PIF is not going to be interfered with by the Saudi state. However, many have expressed doubt over this with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, the present chairman of the fund. With the Saudi state accused of an extended listing of human rights abuses, the Premier League have come underneath hearth for ratifying the deal, main to additional accusations of sport-washing. Given the character of the sport Wenger shall be collaborating in come the New Year, and PSG’s connections with Qatar, it will likely be fascinating to see whether or not the Frenchman additionally comes underneath hearth.