Arsene Wenger replies when asked about Arsenal return

Arsene Wenger discusses the possibility of taking up a new role at Arsenal in the future

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger (Photo: beIN Sports)

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is reluctant to think about taking up a role at Arsenal following his departure from the club.

The Frenchman left Arsenal at the end of the 2017-2018 campaign and he has not been back to The Emirates to watch a game since his exit.

Wenger, 69, led Arsenal to three Premier League titles during his decorated spell at the north London club, and it has been suggested that he could return to take up a different role in the future.

However, the Frenchman has now moved to play down that possibility, insisting that he wanted to take a respectful distance from the Gunners’ affairs to allow Unai Emery to get on with his job.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Wenger said: “I have been in touch with some people at the club but I felt when you go like that you cannot be half in, half out.

“You let people who come in work their way. And I wanted to take a complete distance.

“It’s still a bit early, maybe, to go back. I haven’t been back at the club.”

Wenger also opened up on his decision not to return to management yet following his exit from Arsenal last year.

He continued: “What happened is that I took a distance a little bit.

“I was realising that I lived like somebody in a coma for 35 years who woke up and saw something different in life than just my club, my game and my work.

“So I thought maybe I have to analyse that and take a little bit longer distance. ‘I was tempted and as well a little bit afraid to dive back into it straight away.”

Emery’s Arsenal side have made a solid start to the new campaign by taking seven points from a possible 12 to leave them in fifth place in the table.

They will return to Premier League action when they take on Watford away from home on Sunday afternoon as they bid to bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Spurs last time out.

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