MIKEL ARTETA opened the door to Arsène Wenger’s return to Arsenal.
Wenger, 70, admitted this week that he had not returned to the club since they fired him as boss in 2018 after 22 years at the helm.
But current Gunners chief Arteta – signed by the French as a player in 2011 – said: “I would like to see him around us again.
“He was a huge figure for me and he’s someone I can still learn a lot from and I would like him to be closer to us.
“Obviously, the current environment does not allow us to do it, but I think he is a figure that must be very present in what we do at the football club because he is, in my opinion, the one who has had the vision and helped this club evolve and be what it is today.
Arteta takes Arsenal to Manchester City tomorrow – where he coached under Pep Guardiola before returning to the Emirates as manager last year.
The Gunners currently sit fourth in the Premier League table with nine points from four games – ten places and five points above City in 14th.
But Arteta – who recently got a message about the lack of playing time from Mesut Ozil – warned, “They always produce incredible numbers in everything they do.
“In my opinion, they were really unlucky with some of the results they got because they should have put the games to bed very early in those games and then the level of efficiency the opponents had when they had backs. -chances published them a lot. .
“But I haven’t seen any decrease in the level of how they play or what they produce game by game. I haven’t seen any of this.
Arsenal beat City in the FA Cup semi-finals last season before defeating Chelsea in the final.
When asked if he knew Guardiola tactically better than anyone else, Arteta said: “I don’t know any better, I know him very well because we have worked together for four years very closely.
“We both know how we think and the solutions that can be made, but after that is to try to prevent them or to run the football on the field when everything is going at 100 mph which is very difficult and a lot more difficult than on tactical panels. ”