Whatever your opinion is of Arsene Wenger, you simply cannot deny that Arsenal are a massive club today thanks to him.
The legendary Frenchman was at the helm for over two decades and he made many of us fall in love with the club. He is an absolute icon of Arsenal and he’ll forever be loved by real Gooners.
However, the sad thing is that Wenger is yet to return to the Emirates since his departure in 2018. Mikel Arteta issued a public plea for him to come back last year, but it looks like that will not happen now.
Arsenal confirm Arsene Wenger will not return despite Mikel Arteta’s plea
Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham was quizzed about Arteta’s desire and Wenger potentially coming back to the Emirates in some capacity in the very near future.
That suggestion was shut down but Venkatesham made it clear that the doors are always open for the Frenchman.
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He said in a fan meeting, as per The Evening Standard: “He is always welcome here, but of course, with his new role at FIFA he is in Zurich and travelling, much of the time. There are no plans for a formal role.
Asked about Arteta’s plea, Venkatesham believes the Arsenal boss was responding to media asking if he would like him to be around “which of course we would”.
Not a surprise but still a shame
The fact that we’re nearing four years since Wenger left Arsenal and that he hasn’t returned once to the stadium that he helped build is really sad.
The legendary Frenchman is our greatest ever manager and the fact that he hasn’t been persuaded to come back, at least as a fan, is a terrible look on the board, who owe him so much for everything he has done.
However, Wenger is a busy man due to his FIFA commitments and it was always unlikely that he would immediately return for a formal role at Arsenal again.
Arteta has made it clear he wants Wenger back and we’d love nothing more than to see him at some point in the coming months at the Emirates.