Arsene Wenger

Surprise return of Arsene Wenger to Emirates Stadium after Arsenal defeats West Ham

The bittersweet departure of Arsene Inger from Arsenal in 2018 as club manager was very disappointing.

After 22 years, he was the longest-serving manager in the English Premier League. However, he was forced to resign with disgruntled fans who were unhappy that Arsenal had not won the title since 2003/04.

Wenger was at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Monday to see the team play for the first time since 2004.

Arsenal invited him to watch from the directors’ box, as the Premier League leaders beat West Ham United 3-1.

After Monday’s win, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta stated that although he was involved in the process, it was about him and the timing. He said that he would live in the area and will be more willing to spend time with us as he has such an influence.

Arteta, who was a player for Arsenal and Wenger from 2011 to 2016, said that “for me personally – both my career and how I see the game– but also for this football club.”

Wenger was the third foreign manager to head a Premier League team when he arrived in England.

He was a pioneer in nutrition, training, and tactics, and he has a track record of signing players who have become global stars like Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas.

Wenger is often called the “Professor”. Wenger holds a degree economics. The Frenchman was also instrumental in building Arsenal’s new training facility and moving from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal won the Premier League title three times under Wenger in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and also won seven FA Cups. In 1998 and 2002, Arsenal won the FA Cup Double and the league.

After going through the Premier League season without losing, it was nicknamed “The Invincibles”, with 26 wins and 12 draws.

Arteta stated that his team didn’t know Wenger would be watching Boxing Day matches.

“We wanted it to be quiet so that Arsene could have the space he needed. It was truly a special day, Arteta said to the Arsenal website.

“Hopefully, as he walks through the building, it will make him feel all that everyone thinks about him, all that he has left behind.

“His presence is something that must be very attached to the football club. It means a lot that you did this, so thank you.

Arsenal’s victory over West Ham gave them a seven point lead over Newcastle United at top of the Premier League table.

Arteta stated that Boxing Day was a special day because it is a wonderful day to play football. “And I thought that the performance today was at the level that he [Wenger] should have, and hopefully he’ll like.”

Since 2019, Wenger is FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development.

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