Arsenal trying to convince Arsene Wenger to return to club

Asrene Wenger is pictured at a football game
Wenger is currently employed at Fifa (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are keen to welcome Arsene Wenger back to the club, according to reports.

Wenger ended a 22-year reign at Arsenal in 2018, but his successor has already been sacked by the Gunners.

The Frenchman’s former player Mikel Arteta is now in charge and the Mirror claim the club’s hierarchy are trying to convince Wenger to return.

Wenger accepted a role at Fifa last year and has said publicly he would be reluctant to work at Arsenal again.

Arteta is trying to tap into Arsenal’s roots and has spoken to ex-members of staff, as well visiting Highbury House.

The Arsenal board think Wenger’s return would serve as a boost to the fans and increase the support for Arteta.

Mikel Arteta is pictured on the bench for Arsenal
Arteta took charge from Emery (Picture: Getty)

Senior figures at the club have already spoken to Wenger about the prospect of a return and there has been discussions about a statute in his honour.

Wenger endorsed Arteta’s appointment, but refused to comment too much on Arsenal’s new head coach and the sacking of Unai Emery.

‘Look I am an Arsenal supporter – I said that in my last speech,’ Wenger said in December.

‘When Arteta will be in charge, I will support Arteta.

‘For the rest, of course Arsenal is going through a very difficult period so it’s better I don’t comment too much on that and I just suffer like every supporter.’

Although Wenger’s time at Arsenal ended on a somewhat sour note, the 70-year-old is the club’s most successful manager, winning three Premier League titles with the Gunners.

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