武汉夜生活门户——NO WENG SITUATION Wenger rules out return to Arsenal as chairman despite plea from fans and Martin Keown saying it would be ‘special’
ARSENE WENGER has snubbed an appeal from fans and Martin Keown for the legendary Arsenal boss to come back as club chairman.
Former Gunners defender Keown, who worked with Wenger for eight years from 1996-2004, said it would be ‘special’ if the Frenchman could return to The Emirates – just two years after he was axed.
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Sir Chips Keswick, 80, retired in May after serving as club chairman since 2005.
But Wenger, 70, who works for Fifa now, has ruled out replacing Sir Chips, although he admitted he knew he was the favourite for the role.
He told beIN Sports: “The candidate says there is no candidate.”
Wenger led the Gunners to a hugely successful period after taking over in 1996.
He revolutionised the game in England with new diet and fitness regimes, which transformed not only Arsenal but clubs throughout the country and the professional game as a whole.
But after the incredible Invincibles unbeaten season in 2003/04, the Gunners were never able to win another Premier League title and they eventually persuaded Wenger to step down in 2018.
However, the clamour for him to be given an important role at the North London club has remained.
Wenger still lives in North London.
There are two factors perhaps stopping Wenger from taking up the role.
His relationship with owner Stan Kroenke soured over the last few years of his reign with many fans wanting the Frenchman out and the owner left in a difficult position.
It is also thought it could undermine the job his one-time player Mikel Arteta is doing as manager now.
Although former centre-half Keown would love to see the man known as ‘The Professor’ given a top role.
Keown, 53, told talkSPORT: “It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board.
“I think he’s said recently he doesn’t want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board, but they could do a lot worse.
“I feel that would be almost the perfect answer for Kroenke, the young Josh Kroenke, he needs that older person perhaps around, someone with the experience.
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“Other people would think that it would be intimidating for Arteta – I don’t think so.
“If you’re a successful-type personality, you don’t really mind who else is in the building. You embrace that knowledge that could come in through the door.
“So I would applaud that if Arsenal Football Club were to bring Arsene Wenger onto the board.”