• Manager hopes Wenger will return in some capacity
  • ‘We would be delighted to have him much closer’

Mikel Arteta would like Arsène Wenger to return to Arsenal in some capacity, saying he is keen for the former manager to become “much closer” and that the club would benefit from his presence.

Wenger has not been back to the Emirates since his departure in 2018, which ended a 22-year tenure that brought Arsenal’s most successful spell of modern times, and has been Fifa’s chief of global football development since November 2019. He signed Arteta from Everton in 2011 and the midfielder became his captain before succeeding Unai Emery in the manager’s role two years ago; the pair have been in contact, notably when both attending a screening of a documentary film about Wenger this month, and Arteta intends to ensure they are in close proximity more often.

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