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Tony Adams fires warning to Mikel Arteta over Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal return


Mikel Arteta has opened the door for Arsene Wenger’s return to Arsenal (WireImage)

Tony Adams believes Arsenal do not have a role that would allow Arsene Wenger to return to the club and feels the 72-year-old could overshadow Mikel Arteta if the move were to happen.

Wenger managed the club for 22 years but has not been back to the training ground or the stadium since his departure in 2018.

Arteta has stressed that he would be keen to have Wenger back at Arsenal nut former Gunners captain Adams is unsure if the Frenchman would be the right fit.

‘I love the man, Arsene Wenger is just a wonderful human being and the knowledge that he’s got, why wouldn’t you tap into that?’ Adams told Stadium Astro.

‘I think there’s a position for him – which I don’t think there actually is – because he’s working with FIFA at the moment.

‘Arteta, when he’s been posed the question, he’s got to be respectful and say, ‘we’d love to have him’. I don’t see a position in the club where it would be possible for him to come in.

Mikel Arteta says it will be ‘great’ to have Arsene Wenger back at Arsenal (Getty)

‘We’ve got a director of football, Edu, we’ve got a managing director. I don’t think you want, like the [Manchester] United system where you’ve got Sir Alex Ferguson, a shadow hovering around the site when Arteta’s trying to do his stuff.

‘I think that’s unwarranted pressure. I think it’s a no-go. I don’t think we’ll be able to tap into the vast knowledge of Arsene in some capacity. We haven’t got a board now. I don’t think it’s going to happen to be completely honest. I don’t think there’s a position in the club that would warrant Arsene coming back.’

Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday, Arteta once again insisted that he wanted Wenger to return to the club.

‘Everybody who works here and everybody at the club, what we feel towards Arsene is gratitude,’ said Arteta.

‘I’m the first one because [if it wasn’t for him] I wouldn’t be sitting here. What I’m saying is that I think he will enjoy to be more around.

‘I know he needed his space but just being around and having the feeling of how much people love him, I think that will be great for him. The rest is going to happen. Imagine for me, with somebody who has been here for 22 years. I know him well. Time will tell.’

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