Mikel Arteta admits he is keen for Arsene Wenger to return to Arsenal
Arteta wants Wenger ‘closer’ to the squad. Wenger, who stepped away from Arsenal in May 2018, has not
returned to the Emirates Stadium or the club’s training ground since his departure.
‘I have chosen to keep a complete distance. It doesn’t mean emotionally, just physically,’ Wenger told BBC Sport
earlier this week. ‘It’s important people don’t see you as a shadow. It may look like you’re still trying to
influence things and have your way.
Nobody has done it better for Arsenal as a manager than Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman is by far and away the club’s longest-serving and most successful manager.
From 1996-2018, he won 17 trophies during his tenure at the club.
Now the 70-year-old is revealing more about his life and his Arsenal journey with the launch of his
autobiography, My Life in Red and White.
Here are extracts from interviews Fifa’s head of Global Football Development has conducted with The Guardian
and BBC Sport on his career.
Wenger said he holds no ill-will against Jose Mourinho’s side, just a feverish desire to beat them.
In an interview with The Guardian, he said: “Hostility no, competition yes.
“It was vital [at Arsenal] that you beat Tottenham for the respect of the club. Competition is important, as long as it’s not crazy.
“When you [were due to] play Tottenham, at the start of the week everybody was a bit more nervous than usual.”
Wenger has tipped Arteta to be a success at Arsenal.