Mikel Arteta would like to integrate his predecessor Arsène Wenger into the organization chart of the English club. The Arsenal coach raised the possibility with the 72-year-old French technician, whom he knew as a player with the Gunners (2011-2016).
« We had a discussion. I saw it and we talked about it, » Sambi Lokonga coach assured Thursday at a press conference. « It was nice to be able to chat together, I hope he can get closer to the club. »
« I can’t tell you what role he might take on but I would like him to be closer to me. I am convinced that he could be of great help to the club and me. He is able to create a a certain atmosphere thanks to the respect and admiration of everyone and for everything he represents at the club, « added Arteta.
After a bad start, Arsenal are currently in 5th place in the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger led Arsenal between 1996 and 2018, winning three Championships and seven FA Cups. The Alsatian is now responsible for the development of world football at FIFA and is notably at the basis of the idea of a biannual World Cup.