Mikel Arteta Insists Arsenal Door Is Open For Arsene Wenger

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Mikel Arteta Insists Arsenal Door Is Open For Arsene Wenger
Mikel Arteta Insists Arsenal Door Is Open For Arsene Wenger

Mikel Arteta has extended an invitation to Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal, claiming that the Gunners “would be happy to have him much closer.”

Wenger took over as Arsenal manager in 1996 and led the club to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup victories before retiring in 2018.

The Frenchman is currently the FIFA’s chief of global football development and serves as a spokesperson for the sport’s governing body.

Arteta was a five-year player under Wenger before retiring in 2016 and joining Manchester City as a coach before accepting his first managerial post at Arsenal in December 2019.

After meeting the 72-year-old at the recent premiere of his film ‘Arsene Wenger: Invincible’, Arteta indicated he would welcome his former manager Wenger back to the club immediately.

“There has been communication, I saw him and talked to him when we went to see his film. It was incredibly pleasant to see him, to chat to him, and hopefully we can bring him close,” Arteta told a news conference when asked about Wenger on Thursday.

“I think he would have a great time seeing the environment he could create around him.

“It is great when he comes around this place because of the respect and admiration everyone at the club has what for he has done and what he represents as a person for us.”

Pressed for clarity on a potential role for Wenger, Arteta said: “I cannot tell you now, but what I can say is I would like him to be much closer, personally to me because he would be a great help for me and the club.

“But things take time, and he has to dictate those timings. What I can say, on behalf of everybody, is we would be delighted to have him much closer.”

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