Arsene Wenger is back in charge of a Saudi Arabian fantasy side ahead of a match against Lionel Messi’s PSG.
ARSENE WENGER will return to the bench next year to coach a Saudi dream squad in a one-off encounter against PSG.
When Saudi sides al-Hilal and al-Nasr face French giants PSG in the Riyadh Season Cup in January 2022, the former Arsenal manager, 71, will take command.
Wenger will bring together the top players from two of the Saudi league’s strongest clubs to face Mauricio Pochettino’s star-studded PSG side.
“The renowned international coach Arsene Wenger was signed to lead the players of al-Hilal and al-Nasr against Paris Saint-Germain in the Riyadh Season Cup,” Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority chairman Turki al-Sheikh announced in a tweet on Sunday.
The event will be part of Riyadh Season 2021, a mega-event that will take place in Saudi Arabia from October 2021 to March 2022.
On November 25, Barcelona will face Boca Juniors for the Maradona Cup, which will be played in honor of the late Argentinian legend on the anniversary of his death last year.
Wenger is currently Fifa’s Chief of Global Football Development, and he recently oversaw plans to overhaul the World Cup, which will now be held every two years rather than every four years.
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The plans of the Frenchman have been heavily panned by the football community, with Thierry Henry, Wenger’s former player, saying: “I competed in four World Cups and [three]Euros and came away mentally destroyed.
“And it’s not about the games I played in it; it’s about preparing for the World Cup and returning to your club after the World Cup.
“So, if you play it every two years, it’s bad on a player’s mental health.”
Despite the objections, Wenger has defended the concept, claiming that it will help to promote football globally and raise the stakes in international competition.
“It is a truth that the World Cup will expand to 48 countries starting in 2026, with Africa moving from five to nine spots,” he stated.
“However, more frequent World Cups imply more chances for countries to compete.”
“Big players want to play big games,” says one player. Every player aspires to compete in the most prestigious tournaments.
“And it is the current schedule’s repeated travel that is more harmful than the number of games.”
However, several well-known ex-players support the proposals, with Brazilian legend Ronaldo, 45, saying: “This competition brings the entire world to a halt.” It’s a lovely event that we should have every two years or such. There are no concerns or doubts in my mind.” “I played for Denmark for… Brinkwire Brief News,” said former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, 57.