By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has offered his services to support England's 2018 World Cup bid.
The Arsenal manager has plied his trade in this country for more than 13 years and believes that England deserves to host the Finals for the first time since 1966. And, speaking at his pre-match press conference, Wenger admitted he would love to help make it happen - although he has yet to be asked.
"The only thing I can say is that I’m a big supporter of England's bid for the World Cup in 2018," he said. "If I can help them I would be very happy.
"I think this country deserves the World Cup. They didn’t get it for a long time. I don’t think it’s normal that the country which created the sport didn’t get the World Cup since 1966. I think for example, countries like Germany has had it twice since then.
"If I can help, I would be happy to do it. But of course, I have a job to do here and I must focus on that. I saw in a newspaper [that I have been asked] but no I have never been asked by anybody."
Questions have been raised about the cohesion of England's bid after six board members and Premier League chairman Dave Richards resigned from the bid team this month. But Wenger is having none of it. He believes England has all the ingredients to host football's most prestigious tournament.
"I do not understand a lot of stories in the newspapers about the campaign is not run in a good way," said the Frenchman.
"I don’t know how you can say it is run good or bad. If you have the infrastructure, the stadiums, the passion, the power to organise, I don’t understand a lot of all the rest."
Emirates Stadium is in the running to be a venue for the England 2018 World Cup bid.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 27 Nov 2009