Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has openly expressed his desire for former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to return to the club.
Wenger left Arsenal in 2018 and has not returned to the Emirates stadium since then as the Frenchman has instead taken up a role at FIFA as chief of global football development, a position which he’s occupied for two years now.
Mikel Arteta in his Newcastle pre-match conference revealed that he’s spoken to Arsene Wenger about a potential return, though it’s not yet clear in what capacity Wenger would be returning.
“I cannot tell you now, but what I can say is that I would like him to be much closer personally to me. Because I think it would be a great help – and it would be a great help for the club.” Arteta said on Thursday morning.
Wenger had initially ruled out any possibility of returning to Arsenal anytime soon but earlier this year he was a little bit more positive when answering questions on this topic.
“I wish nothing, If I’m needed, I will help them. But I don’t expect that, no.” Wenger said in an interview with Men in Blazers.
Now that Wenger is clearly needed by Arteta, a return could well be on the cards sooner than later.