Jack Wilshere welcomed the possibility of Arsene Wenger returning to Arsenal in the near future.
The legendary Gunners manager left the club in 2018 after 22 years at the helm.
Three years later, current boss Mikel Arteta revealed he spoke to Wenger about the possibility of a return to a certain title.
“I hope we can bring him closer,” he explained in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“I think he would 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 a for what he has done and also for what he represents as a person in this club.
Arteta couldn’t say anything about the kind of role Wenger would have.
“I can’t tell you now but what I can say is I wish he was much closer, personally to me because I think that would be of great help, I think that would be a great help for a club.
“Things take time and I think he has to dictate these times and what I can say from my side, I think on behalf of everyone we would love to have him much closer.”
Wilshere responded to the comments on talkSPORT Drive and said: “He’s obviously an Arsenal man.
“He built this training ground, he knows everything that’s going on there.
“He made it a prosperous place where winning was just a way of life.
“He created that winning mentality, so I think Mikel – I read his comments, he said he wanted him close to him.
“I think it would be a good thing because he’s an Arsenal – he’s Arsenal!
“When I was growing up I thought Arsenal was called Arsenal because of Arsene Wenger.
“When someone, especially in my day, thinks of Arsenal, it’s Arsène Wenger.
“I think it would be a good thing to bring him back to the club.”