Arsene Wenger has stated that he won’t be returning to Arsenal.

Daily Mirror 25 May 2020

Arsenal are making preparations to erect a statue of Arsene Wenger at the Emirates but that might well be the only time the Frenchman is spotted at the ground despite saying when he left that he would one day return. Many thought that might be in a board role or similar.

“Would I return to the Emirates Stadium? I always said to myself that I would be leaving. Arsenal completely. That is the decision I made.

“I managed the club for 1,235 games and I’ve had good and bad times there, but we always tried to defend the club’s values. And I think we managed to do it.”

Then asked if he would ever return to management he replied, “At the moment I am dedicating myself to my work at FIFA.

FIFA has responsibility for 211 federations and the big problem is being efficient. I’m not saying I’m not missing competition, but I’m trying to be efficient in this area.”

SINGAPORE - JULY 18: Arsene Wenger of Arsenal smiles at Santi Cazorla of Arsenal during the Barclays Asia Trophy match between Arsenal and Everton at the National Stadium on July 18, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE – JULY 18: Arsene Wenger of Arsenal smiles at Santi Cazorla of Arsenal during the Barclays Asia Trophy match between Arsenal and Everton at the National Stadium on July 18, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)

Back in February it was claimed that both Wenger and Santi Cazorla would be returning to the Emirates for a ‘farewell’ match but that seems to have gone very quiet during the pandemic, perhaps unsurprisingly.

The game was going to take place ‘sometime’ before the start of next season but as we haven’t even finished this one yet, who knows what will happen.

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