ZURICH: Former Arsenal manager Arsene is to make his return to football as chief of global football development with world football federation FIFA.

Wenger, out of work since leaving Premier League Arsenal in the summer of 2018, will be chiefly responsible for overseeing and driving the growth and development of the sport for both men and women around the world.

FIFA said that Wenger would also be “the leading authority on technical matters, both as a member of the football and technical advisory panels involved in the IFAB’s review and decision-making process on potential changes to the laws of the game, and as chairman of the FIFA technical study group, which has conducted the technical analysis of FIFA tournaments since 1966.”

That could lead Wenger into direct disagreement with the Premier League over the botched introduction of VAR.

FIFA’s statement contined:

Leaning on a highly distinguished coaching career, Wenger’s role will include a particular focus on coach education, while he will also offer invaluable contributions to an executive programme – currently in its inception phase – tailored to encourage former professional players to enter management and which will support them through the post-career transition and bridge the gap between managerial and technical positions in football.

Known as Le Professeur for his meticulously studious approach to the game, Arsène Wenger has spent his whole career in football. After hanging up his boots, Wenger found his true calling in football management, his career taking him from his native France, where he enjoyed a successful stint with AS Monaco, to cup success with Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan, and to England, where with Arsenal he went on to become one of the longest-serving and most eminent coaches in English top-flight history, winning the Premier League three times. Away from the pitch, he is a highly respected TV match analyst.

New FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger commented:

“I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge, not only because I have always been interested in analysing football from a broader perspective but also because FIFA’s mission as world football’s governing body is truly global. I believe that the new FIFA we have seen emerging in recent years has the sport itself at the very heart of its objectives and is determined to develop the game in its many different components. I know I can contribute to this objective and will put all my energy into this.”

On the new appointment, President Infantino said:

“Arsène Wenger’s profound knowledge and passion for the different aspects of our game sets him apart as one of the most respected personalities in football. I am delighted to welcome him to the team. Since I arrived at FIFA, we have placed football at the centre of our mission, striving to learn from those who know the sport inside out: Arsène is someone who, with his strategic vision, competence and hard work, has dedicated his life to football. His arrival is just another example of how we keep strengthening our purpose to bring FIFA back to football and football back to FIFA.”