Arsenal icon Arsene Wenger returns home for surprise new job as classy gesture made

Arsene Wenger prior to the Group D - UEFA EURO 2024 match between Netherlands and France at Red Bull Arena on June 21, 2024 in Leipzig, Germany.
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Legendary former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger enjoyed an emotional return to his home town of Strasbourg ahead of the Paris Olympics. In 2018, the Frenchmen saw his 22-year reign as manager of the Gunners come to an end with 17 trophies to his name.

Following on from his Emirates Stadium departure, Wenger has continued his involvement in football with the 74-year-old currently serving as FIFA's Chief of Global Football Development. Earlier this month, it was also revealed he would be leading a new Professional Footballers Association (PFA) undergraduate degree from August.

Throughout his management career, Wenger was often a controversial figure and he has certainly continued in that vein with his interesting take on how the offside rule should change. Prior to his iconic stint with Arsenal, Wenger began his management career in France with Nancy, three years on from his final career appearance at Strasbourg.

Despite Wenger still having some major commitments, he found time to return back to his place of birth, in between taking in the European champions in Germany, on the east of France. With the 2024 Olympics set to get underway in just under a month, the pre-games tour of the torch is already in full flow with Wenger lighting the cauldron in Strasbourg on Wednesday evening.

Wenger will likely be keeping a close eye on France's progress in the summer games with Thierry Henry, who played under the ex-Gunners manager for several years, managing the nation's football team.

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William Saliba was left out of Henry's final squad, with his focus on Euro 2024 after starting the first three games under Didier Deschamps, though ex-Arsenal man Alexandre Lacazette has been included. Crystal Palace duo Jean-Philippe Mateta and Michael Olise have also been named, with the latter to sign for Bayern Munich very soon.