Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed that Arsene Wenger was one of the main inspirations for him to become a manager and hopes that the Frenchman will take up a role at the club. Wenger left Arsenal in 2018 after being in charge for 22 years. He took a break from football before joining FIFA as the head of global development. Arteta played under Wenger for half a decade before retiring and taking up a coaching role at Manchester City.

“If it was not for him I would not be in the position I am today and I wouldn’t have enjoyed the career I had.” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said about Arsene Wenger. “100 percent. I was still young and I had my ideas, but he was a different level of inspiration on how I looked at the game. He was very good at being able to transmit what a football club meant to the players and he put different question marks on me. That is why I started to study and take coaching much more seriously.”

“I would like him to be more present at the club. I think the players would love him, benefit, and be inspired to have him around and I think for the club it would be a huge boost,” he added. “It was so intense for him for over 20 years and you need to get away a little bit, but I think it would be so beneficial for all parties to have him more present.”

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