Arsene Wenger’s return to Arsenal makes no sense as Gunners progress under Mikel Arteta – .

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Arsene Wenger’s return to Arsenal makes no sense as Gunners progress under Mikel Arteta – .


Mikel Arteta would finally appear to move Arsenal forward. It took a while and his team are still not where they need to be, but there are signs of progress.

Which makes his recent comments on Arsene Wenger very strange.

Arteta said last week: “I hope we can bring him closer. I think he will have a great time seeing the environment he can create around him and around this place.

Mikel Arteta (L), who played under Arsene Wenger (R), wants ex-boss to return to Arsenal

“I would like him to be much closer to me personally, because I think that would be a big help – and it would be a big help for the club. “

Wenger has been at Arsenal for too long and has been gone for just over three. It took so long for Arteta – and Unai Emery before him – to unravel much of the mess the great Frenchman left behind.

Finally, Arsenal now look and feel different. Arteta’s squad has a small balance in terms of its qualities and the age of its players. He begins to develop an identity that belongs a lot to the Spaniard.

The Frenchman was sacked from his managerial post in May 2018 after 22 years at the head of the club

Why do anything to compromise this now?

Wenger’s path since leaving the Emirates without winning a Premier League title in 14 years has been hit and miss. He wrote a bad autobiography and is now the man at FIFA who oddly thinks that a World Cup every two years is a good idea.

Granted, it looks like someone should give 72-year-old Wenger something more interesting to do. His brain remains sharp and his appetite for work and influence remains intact.

It’s sad and quite difficult to understand that he never returned to North London. He gave Arsenal so much of what they are now. He designed the training ground and gave them the financial security to build the stadium.

Wenger has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups as manager of Arsenal (above)

Wenger has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups as manager of Arsenal (above)

Each of the 58,000 home fans present as Arteta’s side beat Newcastle on Saturday are indebted to Wenger forever.

But Arteta and Arsenal categorically don’t need Wenger’s return. Not now. Not with much influence, anyway.

There should always be a place reserved for him in the directors’ box, even if he never sits there.

He should be to Arsenal what Sir Alex Ferguson is to Manchester United. Give it a fancy title if needed. But in reality, he should never be more than a guest of honor.

Pressed on the club’s precise intentions, Arteta was vague. He explained that the two spoke at the premiere of a new movie about Wenger and hinted that something could still be agreed.

Current manager Mikel Arteta (above) doesn't need former Gunners boss back in the Emirates

Current manager Mikel Arteta (above) doesn’t need the former Gunners boss back at the club

But the truth is, Arteta has done enough already.

Recently, he had a photo of his former manager installed at the entrance to the training ground. Some players put five on entering.

This is proof of Arteta’s understanding of respect but also of his confidence. Some managers hide from a club’s great past, but the best embrace it.

Arteta has shown deference to the architect of the Modern Arsenal and that is enough. Anything more would be a serious mistake.

Manchester United’s hiring of Ralf Rangnick is presented by many as a coup. Barely. They take it from Lokomotiv Moscow, not Real Madrid.

It sounds like a positive date, however. What will be intriguing is how he goes about putting a broken team back on its feet. Much has been said about the 63-year-old’s dedication to ‘pressing’ football. Jurgen Klopp from Liverpool is a disciple.

But in order for a coach to implement this style, he needs the right players.

Can Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes do this? Will they want? Did Nemanja Matic, Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay get the engines for this kind of job for 90 minutes?

The coming weeks will be a challenge for the United squad. They will also be a challenge for their new coach.

New interim manager Ralf Rangnick will have his work cut out for him at Manchester United

New interim manager Ralf Rangnick will have his work cut out for him at Manchester United

‘Diversity’ in Qatar is just a cynical ploy

They tend to showcase World Cups well.

In Cape Town in 2010, they put up road signs so visitors couldn’t see the townships on the way from the airport.

In Moscow in 2018, they moved the homeless from street corners. For a month, they were given a safe place to sleep.

And so in Qatar. An FA delegation returned from Doha with assurances that LGBT supporters will be safe if they wish to attend next winter’s tournament.

FA delegation returned from Doha with assurances that LGBT supporters would be safe

FA delegation returned from Doha with assurances that LGBT supporters would be safe

Asked about it recently, FA General Manager Mark Bullingham said: ‘We asked if all of our fans will be able to come, especially those from the LGBTQ community, and we have received the unequivocal response. everyone is welcome in Qatar. . ‘

This raises two questions: What would the FA have done if the answer had been “No”? And second, what happens after the World Cup is over and everyone has gone home?

It is illegal to be gay in Qatar, so all of this talk is not only cheap but deeply offensive.

A World Cup ceasefire for the LGBT community. Lower your guns for a month. How nice everyone is.

Blades fall short of those wilder days

When Chris Wilder left Sheffield United last spring it was a bad day for him, but even worse for the club.

Since then, the Blades have won just 10 of their 30 league games and they have now sacked Wilder’s replacement Slavisa Jokanovic. They are 13th in the championship.

With Wilder in charge, he always felt Sheffield United were hitting above their weight.

It should come as no surprise that gravity has taken over.

He always felt Sheffield United were hitting over their weight under Chris Wilder

He always felt Sheffield United were hitting over their weight under Chris Wilder

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