Nov 25 (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said Thursday that he hopes to have former coach Arsene Wenger back at the Premier League club in some role in the future as the Frenchman remains a respected figure. at the Arsenal.
Wenger, 72, left the team in 2018 after 22 years as a manager. He currently works with the governing body of world football, FIFA, and has since stayed away from Arsenal, arguing that he did not want to give the impression of continuing to influence club affairs.
“He would like to see the atmosphere that he can create around him when he is in this place, because of the respect, admiration and love that everyone in the club has for what he has done,” Arteta told reporters.
“I would like him to be much closer personally because it would be a great help for the club. Things take time and he has to dictate those times.”
“What I can say for myself and on behalf of all, is that we would be delighted to have him much closer.”
(Reporting by Hritika Sharma and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; edited by Alison Williams and Shrivathsa Sridhar; translated by Tomás Cobos)