Arsene Wenger, 71, to play in charity match this week with French president Emmanuel Macron joining ex-Arsenal boss

LEGENDARY ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger will play in a charity game on Thursday alongside French president Emmanuel Macron.

An XI made up of French football legends, sports stars and the president will take on medical staff from the Poissy Saint-Germain-en-Laye hospital to raise money for Les Pieces Jaunes (the small change).

All money raised from the match will go towards improving hospitalisation conditions for younger patients.

Wenger will partner French World Cup and Euro winner Marcel Desailly in the heart of the defence.

Whilst Macron – who is hoping to complete 90 minutes – will man the midfield alongside former Lyon manager Rudi Garcia, with Bordeaux legend Alain Giresse operating in front of them.

Former Monaco, Barcelona and Lyon striker Sonny Anderson, 51, will lead the line for the star-filled side.

The Brazilian scored an incredible 138 goals in 221 Ligue 1 appearances.

Sidney Govou, Robert Pires, and tennis star Richard Gasquet will also take part, but they will start from the substitutes bench.


Wenger will also be making a return to management in January 2022.

The Frenchman will manage Saudi sides al-Hilal and al-Nasr when they take on French giants PSG in the Riyadh Season Cup.

The best players from both teams will combine forces to take on Mauricio Pochettino's super team.

The chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, Turki al-Sheikh, said in a tweet on Sunday: “The great international coach Arsene Wenger was signed to lead the stars of al-Hilal and al-Nasr against Paris Saint-Germain in the Riyadh Season Cup.”

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