Mikel Arteta has insisted he would like to see Arsene Wenger take up a new role at Arsenal as he looks to continue the club’s rebuild.
Wenger spent 22 years at the club, winning three Premier League titles – which included the Invincibles season – and a record seven FA Cups. Since 2019, Wenger has operated in a role with FIFA as their Chief of Global Development.
He’s attracted some criticism worldwide as a result of his biennial World Cup proposals, but Arteta would ultimately like to see his former boss return to his beloved Arsenal where he can make an impact on the club’s board.
“With Arsene [Wenger] I have a really special relationship,” Arteta told Prime Video.
“He’s been away too long and we want to bring him much closer. We had a talk and I think he’s in the right place because for us as a team, for me personally, it would be a massive help to have him much closer.”
Arsenal are making noticeable progress on the pitch amid Arteta’s revolution at the Emirates, the latest victory coming on Thursday night with a last-gasp win over Wolves at home.
However, the Spaniard believes he should’ve done things differently at the beginning of his time in charge and insists he has learnt from those mistakes.
“For sure, I have made a lot of mistakes,” he added. “Sometimes the decisions that can be right, maybe I should’ve done earlier. If I have some regrets, [it’s that I should’ve done things] maybe earlier.”
A Wenger and Arteta reunion may or may not be what the club need moving forward, but the pair only want what’s best for Arsenal in the long-term.