Mikel Arteta has held talks with Arsene Wenger about a return to the club.
The Gunners boss has never hidden his desire to have Wenger return to Arsenal in some capacity and recently installed a giant painting of the French legend on the wall at the entrance to the club’s training ground.
And Arteta has now revealed that he has held discussions with his former manager about a return for the first time since he left in 2019.
What does Mikel Arteta say about Arsene Wenger’s potential return?
Asked if Wenger had made a formal offer to return, Arteta said: “Well, we’ve been in touch.
“I saw him and I talked to him when we went to see the movie (Arsene Wenger: Invincible) And it’s been incredibly exciting to talk to him and hopefully we can bring him close.
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“I think he’s going to have a great time just seeing the environment he’s able to create around him when he’s around this place because of the respect, admiration and love that everyone in club for what he has done and also what he has done represents as a person in this club.”
What role could Arsene Wenger return to?
Arteta was asked how he expected Wenger to return to the club, with the idea of some kind of ambassador role being encouraged.
However, the Arsenal boss would not reveal what he had in mind, but said he believed he would greatly benefit from bringing the 72-year-old back in from time to time.
“I can’t tell you now,” he said.
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“But what I can say is I want him closer to me because I think it will be a great help, it will be a great help for the club.
“Things take time and I think he has to dictate those times.
“That’s what I can say from my side, and I think on behalf of everyone that we would be happy to have him much closer.”