Mikel Arteta wants Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal

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The manager of Arsenal football club, Mikel Arteta wishes to have more of Arsene Wenger at the club even though the legendary coach is currently busy with FIFA.

The 39-year-old Spanish tactician who played under Arsene Wenger between 2011 and 2016 before he retired to start a coaching career, said the 72-year-old French coach inspired him to become a coach.

Recall that Wenger was in charge of Arsenal between 1996 and 2018 before he retired from coaching. The Frenchman is famous for leading an Arsenal team that won the 2003-2004 Premier League title without losing a game.

Since then, no team has been able to repeat the feat Arsene Wenger’s “Invincible” achieved 17 years ago. Aside from the undisputed record, Wenger helped the club to win a total number of 17 major titles before he left the club.

The French legend is currently serving as FIFA’s chief of global football development and he is working to introduce the biannual FIFA World Cup.

In Wenger’s absence at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has been using the five years of experience he gained under the French coach to rebuild his team to become title contenders again. He was appointed the coach of Arsenal in December 2019, after spending about three years at Manchester City where he served as Pep Guardiola’s assistant coach.

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Even though Mikel Arteta has been the coach of Arsenal for almost three years already, he still feels he needs Arsene Wenger’s presence at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta and Arsene Wenger during their time together at Arsenal.
File photo of Mikel Arteta and Arsene Wenger during their time together at Arsenal.

The Spanish coach who was present at the film premiere of “Arsene Wenger: Invincible” on Tuesday night, November 9, said he would not have enjoyed his football career as much as he did without Arsene Wenger.

“If it was not for him I would not be in the position I am today and I wouldn’t have enjoyed the career I had”, Arteta said.

On how Arsene Wenger helped him to become a coach, Mikel Arteta said: “I was still young and I had my ideas, but he was a different level of inspiration on how I looked at the game.

“He was very good at being able to transmit what a football club meant into the players and he put different question marks on me. That is why I started to study and take coaching much more seriously.

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“I would like him to be more present at the club. I think the players would love him, benefit, and be inspired to have him around and I think for the club it would be a huge boost.

“It was so intense for him for over 20 years and you need to get away a little bit, but I think it would be so beneficial for all parties to have him more present.”

On the other hand, Arsene Wenger said he might return to football management but it might be at the national team level not at club level.

He however stressed that he is currently focused on completing his project at FIFA which includes the introduction of the biannual FIFA World Cup.

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“I’m crazy enough to be crazy and to make a crazy decision, but I’m determined at the moment not to do it, maybe a national team at some stage”, Wenger said during the film premiere of “Arsene Wenger: Invincible”.

“But at the moment I’m involved in projects with FIFA and I want to go to the end with it and that’s for me more useful now.”

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  • Onunkwo chiedochie 9 months ago

    Arsene wenger was a Good coach no doubts, the stats speaks for itself 🤣 but i think getting wenger back at arsenal with arteta around is not the solution, rather than having wenger bck at arsenal, i think arteta should maybe get a secret one vs one meeting with wenger to get his opinion on the current arsenal players and tactics the use, and maybe also organize a meeting btw the players and wenger maybe it can help

  • Anyara john 9 months ago

    Probably Atetar wants to give inspiration booster to the players. I think it’s a good idea.

  • Oladipupo Ebenezer 9 months ago

    It will be good and great news from arsenal players and fans across the globe that arsen wenger is coming back to the team
    We can’t wait to experience longtime Tiki-taka tactical play we arsenal fans really miss that alot and I think Arsenal will be a better team under winger again with some quality players in the squad now

  • Bello Akanni Sheriffdeen 9 months ago

    Arsene Wenger would really be a huge boost and inspiration to Arsenal if he is part of board or management in one way or the other,but as Wenger said he wants to finish his project and move on to National Football if possible,remember Wenger said recently that he is still not sure if he made the right choice staying at Arsenal after the invincible,so I dont think we can ever see Wenger at Arsenal anytime soon.

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