Arsenal have revealed former boss Arsene Wenger will not be returning to the club despite having talks last year. 

Wenger has been linked with a return to the North London side with Mikel Arteta admitting he would like to see the Frenchman back at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger took charge of Arsenal for 22 years before leaving in 2018.

The 72-year-old has been FIFA’s chief of global football development since November 2019 and Arteta said he wanted him back in some capacity.

Arteta’s comments

“There has been communication, and I saw him and talked to him when we went to see the film,” he said

“It was incredibly pleasant to see him and chat to him. Hopefully, we can bring him close, because I think he will have a great time just seeing the environment he can create around him and around this place.”

Arsenal’s chief executive Vinai Venkatesham said Wenger is unlikely to return despite Arteta’s desire to bring him back.

What Vinai said

“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. He believes Mikel was responding to media asking if he would like him to be around which of course we would.”

Since his departure, Wenger has never returned to watch games from the stands.


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