Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged Arsene Wenger to snub a potential offer from England if he leaves the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season. The player-turned-pundit, who worked with Wenger towards the end of his Arsenal career, has warned his one-time boss that the England job is a poisoned chalice.
Wenger, 66, is considered to be among the favourites for the role vacated by Sam Allardyce following a newspaper sting last week. The Frenchman's contract at Arsenal expires at the end of the current campaign and he has been linked with the Three Lions role.
"Don't do the England job – it's too much pressure," Wright advised the Arsenal boss during his latest appearance on Match of the Day. "He's going to get so much stick. See the amount of stick he's getting from Arsenal when he's trying to do his stuff."
Wenger has come under pressure at Arsenal in recent years, with the club failing to win the Premier League since 2004. Wright has, therefore, implored Wenger not to tarnish his reputation any further by accepting the England job at the end of the current campaign.
"I wouldn't like to see him go through 20 years and the last 10 years [how] it's been for him – and then go to England and it not quite work out and he gets that kind of stick as well," Wright said of the Arsenal manager.
Wenger recently suggested he would be open to becoming the England manager. In the short-term, however, the Frenchman insisted he is firmly focused on leading Arsenal to further success this season. "My priority is to do well here (at Arsenal). It has always been my club and one day if I am free, why not? For now I am focused on the job," he said last week, according to the Daily Mail.