Wenger return would ‘benefit’ Arsenal but Arteta ‘deserves time’, ex-player

Date published: Thursday 9th September 2021 4:45 - Lewis Oldham

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Mikael Silvestre has claimed that it would be “beneficial” if Arsene Wenger returned to Arsenal, but current boss Mikel Arteta “deserves” time.

Wenger has been out of management since 2018 as his 22-year stint at Arsenal came to an end.

He was replaced by Unai Emery, but he was sacked after just over a year in charge. Former Man City assistant Arteta replaced him at the end of 2019.

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Under Arteta, the Gunners won their fourteenth FA Cup at the end of the 2019/20 season. But they struggled last term as they finished eighth in the Premier League.

Arsenal have made a disappointing start to this campaign as they have lost their first three league games.

Silvestre – who played for the Londoners between 2008 and 2010 – has had his say on what needs doing at Arsenal (as cited by The Express). He believes that having a “father figure” like Wenger around would be a positive thing:

“I think that could be beneficial [Wenger returning].

“Especially right now when the board is rocky, you need a captain, and not somebody active on a daily basis, but a father figure and an example like him at this moment in time, right now it would be a good thing.

“But of course Mikel Arteta deserves time.

“He needs the time and he deserves it because he’s won a trophy with the club. Change for change [sake] doesn’t make sense.

“He was given the opportunity to sign the players he wanted and now he needs to be given the time to work with these guys and produce good football that Arsenal have been doing over the years.”

Elsewhere, former Arsenal player and current Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has said that it is “always good to consider a move” elsewhere:

“As I’ve said before a number of times we’re really enjoying ourselves.

“We’re moving in the right direction. The four of us form good management and that’s important. We’re like a family, we’re close. And that’s important too. And who knows, we might have some good news soon.

“I’m not getting any younger. I’ve been offered the opportunity to go elsewhere too. That’s what happens and it’s always good to consider a move.

“But then I just think about how well things are going here. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If your old shoes are still comfy, keep wearing them.”

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