Arsene Wenger: Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta reiterates his desire to return the former coach to the club | football news

Mikel Arteta has reiterated his desire for former boss Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal, insisting the club would be “happy to have him so much more”.

Wenger, 71, left Arsenal in 2018 after 22 years in charge and is now serving as FIFA’s Head of Global Football Development.

Arteta played under Wenger for five years before retiring in 2016 and moving to a coaching position at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. He returned to Arsenal as head coach in December 2019.

Mikel Arteta's team has also qualified for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals where they will face first-division Sunderland at home.
Mikel Arteta played under Wenger for five years before retiring and moving to coaching

Speaking before his team’s home match against Newcastle in the Premier League “I spoke to him when we went to see the movie,” Arteta said on Saturday.Arsene Wenger: Invincible). It was great seeing him and chatting with him.

“I hope we can get him close because I think he’s going to have a great time just seeing the environment he can create around him when he’s in this place, because of the respect, admiration and love that everyone at the club has for what he has done and what he represents as a person at this club.

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Asked what role Wenger could play at the club, Arteta replied: “I can’t tell you now, but what I can say is that I would like him to be close to me personally because I think he would be of great help.

“I think he will be of great help to the club. Things take time and I think he has to dictate those dates, but what I can say is that on my part and I think on behalf of everyone, we would be happy to bring him that much closer.”

Wenger: I can return to management

Wenger himself has not ruled out a return to football management, which suggests his next role could be in charge of a national team.

The Frenchman won three Premier League titles with Arsenal and the FA Cup on seven occasions, while also reaching the Champions League final and overseeing the indomitable side in the 2003-04 season.

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Speaking to Sky Sports News earlier this month, Wenger did not rule out a return to football management one day.

Tell Sky Sports News Earlier this month: “I’m crazy enough to go crazy and not make a crazy decision, but at the moment I’m determined not to, maybe my national team at some point.

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

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