Arsene Wenger will return to the Emirates to watch Arsenal ‘soon’ but has been staying away to give Unai Emery time and space to settle.

Paris Saint-Germain's Spanish head coach Unai Emery (L) shakes hands with Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Arsenal FC on September 13, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
Unai Emery (L) shakes hands with Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Arsenal FC on September 13, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

When Arsene Wenger left Arsenal at the end of the season, many expected him to hang around the club like Sir Alex Ferguson does at Manchester United. Of course, the situations are rather different.

Firstly, Ferguson retired from football and Wenger still hasn’t done that. He is still likely to take another job.

Secondly, there wasn’t the bad feeling around Ferguson when he left as there was around Wenger’s departure and any new manager would need time away from his watchful glare. It could be argued that they needed that at United, but that’s nothing to do with me.

In an interview with beIN ports, Wenger explained why he hadn’t been back and that he hopes to return soon:

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