Mikel Arteta keeps the door open for Arsene Wenger

Mikel Arteta has opened the door for Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal in some capacity after hailing the manager who brought him to the club as a player.

Wenger spent more than 20 years as the manager of the Gunners before he was asked to resign in 2018.

He was replaced by Unai Emery, but the Spaniard didn’t last two full seasons at the club before he was sacked.

Arteta became the club’s next permanent manager and he has overseen some of the best times in the club’s recent history.

He was speaking about the Frenchman recently and he claimed that he would like to have Wenger around because he is a massive figure for the club and he will learn so much from being around him.

He also hailed the Frenchman as someone who helped evolve the modern Arsenal.

He said as quoted by Sun Sports: “I would like to see him back around us.

“He was a massive figure for me and he’s someone that I can still learn a lot of things from and I would like to have him closer to us.

“Obviously the actual environment at the moment doesn’t allow us to do it, but I think he’s a figure that has to be very present in what we do at the football club because he is, in my opinion, the one who had the vision and helped this club to evolve and be what it is today.”

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7 Comments

  1. Highbury Hero says:

    Seems like only yesterday when Mikel was playing for us. Fact that it was always his intention to return to Arsenal shows he is an Arsenal man. Here’s to hoping all the unpleasant situations are soon resolved and he can go on to do great things with a lot of positivity around the club.

  2. Maxis says:

    “Obviously the actual environment at the moment doesn’t allow us to do it”… 🤔

    1. jon fox says:

      True and your point is…?

  3. RSH says:

    It’s not like he can say no. Let’s remember AW is in the news a bunch right now because of international break and because he has a book coming out soon. Unlikely he is actually going to return.

    1. ken1945 says:

      RSH, but he could have said that the decision was not down to him, but the people upstairs, couldn’t he?
      MA and AW have always had a very good relationship and I personally feel that MA is enough of his own man, to cope with AW’s return.

      The book is already out and that is why we are getting quite a few AW articles and, when asked, he said he would one day like to return, but didn’t want to be in the way of UE and MA, or words to that effect.

      1. RSH says:

        Fair enough, Ken. That makes sense.

  4. snowden says:

    The publicity for the book and all things Arsene Wenger is well timed.
    As for MA and AW Keeping in touch of course they do and they keep the contact private thanks to the internet.

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