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Wenger open to coach England ‘one day’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he’s open to take over the English national team “one day” after his time with the Gunners is over.

Wenger, 66, is celebrating 20 years as Arsenal manager, and although his name has been circulating in the media for the England job after the dismissal of Sam Allardyce, he’s adamant that he’s focusing on his job at the Emirates.

“My priority is to do well here,” Wenger said. “This has always been my club. If I am free one day, why not? But I am concentrated on my job.”

Despite his long tenure at the club, Wenger said that he’s still striving to improve and evolve.

“I have a passion for the game but I have the desire to be better tomorrow and yesterday,” the Frenchman said. “The way I manage today is not the same today as five years ago. How long can I do, I don’t know. I rule nothing out because I want to work and do well. I accept as well that it can finish tomorrow. You expect a love story to last forever.”

The Gunners takes on Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday, and Wenger gave an update on the injury situation at the club.

“[Olivier] Giroud will be out – he will not come back,” said Wenger. “[Francis] Coquelin is looking much better than expected. He will have a test today but I think he will be short for Sunday. His medial knee ligament was not damaged, as we thought, and he is keen to start again.

“He had a session yesterday but we have to be cautious too. We have plenty of games coming up. For us now we work in cycles of three, week by week, we have done well against Chelsea and Basel so we need to finish the week.

“[Aaron] Ramsey is out of the Wales squad – he should be available after the break.”

Wenger open to coach England ‘one day’

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