Mikel Arteta gives backing to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal return claiming ‘every window and door open’ for the Frenchman’s homecoming September 16, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Mikel Arteta has again given his backing for Arsene Wenger’s return to Arsenal – admitting he hopes it happens soon.

The Frenchman brought the curtain down on an illustrious 22-year spell as Arsenal boss in 2018 after leading the Gunners to three Premier League titles, including their famous 2003/04 Invincible season.

Wenger spent 22 years as Arsenal boss before calling time in 2018

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Wenger has since been linked with a number of managerial and director of football roles but has instead spent his time working both for FIFA as their Chief of Global Football Development and as a pundit for Qatar-based network beIN Sports.

Wenger hasn’t returned to Arsenal since his departure four years ago, instead allowing both Unai Emery and Arteta to put their stamp on the club he helped reach the upper echelons of English football.

Arteta has long been an advocate of Wenger’s return to the Emirates in some capacity and he once again revealed his hope that the legendary Frenchman would return to the club.

“I would love to [see him back at Arsenal], I think he has explained it,” Arteta revealed in his pre-match press conference. “I think he has every window, every door in this football club open whenever he is ready and whenever he feels is the right moment to do so.

“He knows that from my side and he knows that from many other people at the football club. And hopefully that will happen soon, because I think he will inspire and a lot of people are going to be so happy to see him back.”

Wenger spoke at length about his reasons for not yet returning to the north London club whilst at the launch of former Gunners vice-chairman David Dein’s book ‘Calling The Shots.’

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“I haven’t been there since 2018. After 22 years as manager, maybe I arrived at the end of the road and people wanted a change,” he said.

“The club had chosen a different direction and I can understand that completely. Sometimes you need to have a completely new staff and my presence there could have been a problem.

“So I stayed away completely to give the club the chance to rebuild a new connection with a new manager. That’s why I never talked about Arsenal and never came back to the Emirates because I didn’t want to be a presence that is maybe not good for the club.

Arteta told reporters that Wenger would always be welcome back at the Emirates Stadium

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Arteta told reporters that Wenger would always be welcome back at the Emirates Stadium

“But I still feel that my life is definitely linked with Arsenal so now I support them from my TV and I am also very busy travelling the world for FIFA.”

Arteta was speaking as his League leaders gear up for their Premier League clash at Brentford on Sunday lunchtime – live on talkSPORT.

Arsenal have won five of their six league games this season but are looking to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat at Manchester United last time out.

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