Arsène Wenger admits he has a passion for politics but he doubts he'd ever make it his career.

There is a history of major sporting figures moving into Government later in their lives. And the Arsenal manager is an economics graduate who grew up near to Strasbourg, perhaps the capital of European politics.

He took a personal interest when French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown held a summit at Emirates Stadium on Thursday. Afterwards Wenger was asked if he'd ever try to enter Parliament on either side of the Channel.

"I don't know about that," he said. "I have enough problems to run a team!

"I have never been in politics but I find it interesting that the two countries get together, sit together and try to cooperate. In France, the history of England and France was always a little bit of mistrust and suspicion and, if you go further back, it was always violence. So the fact that the two countries try to get together is a good sign.

"I like politics because that is what makes our life. It has a big impact on how we live. I don't feel in the modern world that there is a big difference between socialist or right-wing anymore. There is only one way to lead the world and that is to be as social as you can by surviving economically."

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28 Mar 2008