MARTIN KEOWN: Bringing Arsene Wenger back into the family is the right decision

MARTIN KEOWN: Bringing Arsene Wenger back into the family is the right decision as he is one of the game’s great visionaries and practically built the Emirates Stadium

  • I never understood why Wenger didn’t get a seat in the boardroom of the club
  • He had so much to offer the Gunners and he still has a lot to offer
  • Current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he wants Wenger back at the club
  • It’s a respectful gesture from Mikel Arteta and exactly what Wenger deserves



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I never understood why, when Arsene Wenger left Arsenal, he wasn’t moved upstairs. If anyone should be in the boardroom of the club, it’s him.

He had so much to offer. He still does. He’s one of the game’s great visionaries and life leaders, and they don’t come around often.

Wenger practically built the Emirates Stadium, thanks to his success, and yet he hasn’t been there since he left. If Arsenal are to be seen as one big family, it is only right and proper for the former head of that family to return to the table.

I never understood why when Arsene Wenger (above) left Arsenal he wasn't moved upstairs

I never understood why when Arsene Wenger (above) left Arsenal he wasn’t moved upstairs

It never suited me that he wasn’t involved in some capacity after dedicating 22 years of his life to the club. Wenger is still a forward-thinking football man and is currently working for FIFA to develop the global game.

If he has the time to take it on and is interested in the idea, Arsenal should welcome him with open arms.

Mikel Arteta says he wants it back. We don’t know if that’s in the boardroom, as an advisor or simply if the Arsenal manager wants his former boss to be present on match days.

Mikel Arteta says he wants it back.  We don't know if that's in the boardroom, as an advisor or simply if the Arsenal manager wants his former boss to be present on match days

Mikel Arteta says he wants it back.  We don't know if that's in the boardroom, as an advisor or simply if the Arsenal manager wants his former boss to be present on match days

Mikel Arteta says he wants it back. We don’t know if that’s in the boardroom, as an advisor or simply if the Arsenal manager wants his former boss to be present on match days

Arteta (right) offers that heartfelt hand of friendship to his old boss (left).  It's a respectful gesture and exactly what Wenger deserves

Arteta (right) offers that heartfelt hand of friendship to his old boss (left).  It's a respectful gesture and exactly what Wenger deserves

Arteta (right) offers that heartfelt hand of friendship to his old boss (left). It’s a respectful gesture and exactly what Wenger deserves

But to reunite Wenger with Arsenal, bring him home, bring him to games and visit the training ground can only be a good thing.

His love for the club has never left him. It never will. Anyone lucky enough to have been associated with Arsenal will tell you it’s an affection that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Arteta offers that sincere hand of friendship to his old boss. It’s a respectful gesture and exactly what Wenger deserves.

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