Arsene Wenger return to Arsenal backed by Emile Heskey as Mikel Arteta admits he’d ‘like’ legendary coach at Emirates
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Oct. 16, 2020
Emile Heskey believes Mikel Arteta’s idea to have Arsene Wenger return to Arsenal is a good one.
The legendary manager publicly revealed he is yet to watch the Gunners in action since his 22-year reign came to an end in May 2018.
Earlier this week, current Arsenal boss Arteta admitted he would love to have Wenger in and around the club again.
He said: “I would like to see him back around us.
“He was a massive figure for me and he’s someone that I can still learn a lot of things from and I would like to have him closer to us.
“Obviously the actual environment at the moment doesn’t allow us to do it, but I think he’s a figure that has to be very present in what we do at the football club because he is, in my opinion, the one who had the vision and helped this club to evolve and be what it is today.”
Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his time in north London.
Former Liverpool and England striker Heskey has praised Arteta for wanting to have the Frenchman back at Arsenal.
He told talkSPORT : “It’s showing me that a manager or coach isn’t insecure and he’s not worried about his job. He wants the best from his role within the club.
“So you bring the best people around.
“With all due respect, Arsene Wenger might have stayed one or two years too long, but what he created at Arsenal was phenomenal.
“What you’ve got to remember is that he created a lot by himself and built the structure to put in there.
“But once you take him out and you don’t fill the right holes in that structure, it’s just empty. A lot of the time people aren’t going to be talking to each other.
“So have [Wenger] back around so [Arteta] understands what’s going on and [can ask], ‘how did you do this, okay you put that there, how can we move forward, how can we make it more sustainable?’
“This is where Arsenal have fallen down.
“This party is not talking to this one because Arsene was the one holding it all together and talking to everyone.”
Wenger joined talkSPORT for an exclusive interview earlier this week and admitted he saw enough during Arteta’s playing days to expect he would become a coach.
“He had passion for the game and big motivation, and good focus and a desire to do well,” said Wenger. “You could see the ingredients there, and he had a grip and influence on the other players.
“He’s lucky that straight away he got into a big club, in a position where you normally have to work ten years to get in that position. But because he played for the club and was a good player, he got his chance. I wish him well.
“I left the club in a position for my followers to do better and the club now has the financial resources to win the championship.”
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