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MARTIN KEOWN: It’s the right decision for Arsene Wenger to return to the family

MARTIN KEOWN: It is the right decision for Arsene Wenger to return to the family, as he is one of the great visionaries of the game and practically built the Emirates Stadium.

  • I never understood why Wenger wasn’t given a seat in the club’s boardroom.
  • He had a lot to offer the Gunners and he still has a lot to offer.
  • Current Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he wants Wenger to return to the club
  • It’s a respectful gesture from Mikel Arteta and exactly what Wenger deserves.


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I never understood why, when Arsene Wenger left Arsenal, they didn’t take him upstairs. If anyone should have a seat in the club’s boardroom, it’s him.

It had a lot to offer. It still does. He’s one of the game’s great visionaries and life leaders and they don’t appear very often.

Wenger practically built the Emirates Stadium thanks to his success and yet he has never been back since he left. If Arsenal are to be seen as one big family, it is only fair and appropriate for the former head of that family to return to the table.

I never understood why, when Arsene Wenger (above) left Arsenal, they did not take him upstairs.

I never understood why, when Arsene Wenger (above) left Arsenal, they did not take him upstairs.

It never felt good that he wasn’t involved in some way after dedicating 22 years of his life to the club. Wenger remains a forward-thinking footballer and currently works for FIFA, developing the global game.

If you have time to face it and are interested in the idea, Arsenal should welcome you with open arms.

Mikel Arteta says he wants him back. We don’t know if that’s in the boardroom, as an advisor or simply that the Arsenal manager wants his former boss to be present on match days.

Mikel Arteta says he wants him back.  We do not know if that is in the boardroom, as an advisor or simply that the Arsenal manager wants his former boss to be present on match days.

Mikel Arteta says he wants him back.  We do not know if that is in the boardroom, as an advisor or simply that the Arsenal manager wants his former boss to be present on match days.

Mikel Arteta says he wants him back. We do not know if that is in the boardroom, as an advisor or simply that the Arsenal manager wants his former boss to be present on match days.

Arteta (right) offers that sincere hand of friendship to her former boss (left).  It's a respectful gesture and exactly what Wenger deserves.

Arteta (right) offers that sincere hand of friendship to her former boss (left).  It's a respectful gesture and exactly what Wenger deserves.

Arteta (right) offers that sincere hand of friendship to her former boss (left). It’s a respectful gesture and exactly what Wenger deserves.

But reuniting Wenger with Arsenal, bringing him home, coming to games and visiting training ground, can only be a good thing.

His love for the club has never left him. It never will. Anyone lucky enough to have been associated with Arsenal will tell you that it is an affection that stays with you for life.

Arteta is offering that sincere hand of friendship to her former boss. It’s a respectful gesture and exactly what Wenger deserves.

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