Arsène Wenger enjoys ‘particular’ shock return to Emirates Stadium as Arsenal beats West Ham


Arsène Wenger’s departure from Arsenal because the membership’s supervisor in 2018 was bittersweet.

He’s the longest serving supervisor nonetheless within the English Premier League, however stepped down after 22 years in cost with a disgruntled part of followers sad that Arsenal had been unable to win the league title for the reason that 2003/04 season.

On Monday, Wenger was again at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium for the primary time in over 4 years to observe the crew play.

Invited by Arsenal, the 73-year-old Frenchman watched from the membership’s administrators’ field because the Premier League leaders got here from behind to beat West Ham United 3-1.

“I’ve been involved in the process, but it’s about him, the timing that he needed to make that step and hopefully, he’s going to live here and be willing to spend more time with us and be around us because he’s such an influence,” Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta instructed the membership’s web site after Monday’s win.

“For me personally – my career and the way I see the game – but as well for this football club,” added Arteta, who performed for Arsenal and Wenger between 2011 and 2016.

When Wenger arrived in England he was solely the third abroad supervisor to teach a Premier League crew.

He launched new concepts about diet, coaching and ways and established a observe file for signing gamers who turned world stars, notably Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie.

Nicknamed the “Professor” – Wenger has a level in economics – the Frenchman additionally performed a pivotal position within the constructing of Arsenal’s new coaching floor and the transfer from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.

It was below Wenger that Arsenal gained the Premier League title in 1998, 2002, and 2004 and clinched seven FA Cups. Arsenal gained the league and FA Cup Double in 1998 and 2002.

Wenger holds the Premier League trophy at Islington Town Hall on May 19, 2004.

The 2003-2004 crew was nicknamed “The Invincibles” after it went by way of the Premier League season undefeated – with 26 wins and 12 attracts.

Arteta stated his crew weren’t conscious that Wenger can be watching the Boxing Day match.

“We wanted to keep it quiet and allow that space for Arsene here. And it was a really special day – thank you so much to him for coming,” Arteta instructed the Arsenal web site.

“Hopefully, strolling by way of the constructing, he’s going to really feel all the pieces that everyone thinks of him, all the pieces that he left right here.

“His presence is something that has to be very attached to this football club. So thank you for doing that because it means a lot to everybody in the club.”

Wenger speaks with his players during the the FA Cup final against Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014.

Arsenal’s win over West Ham gave the Gunners a seven-point lead over Newcastle United on the high of the Premier League desk.

“A really special day, because Boxing Day is a beautiful day to play football,” Arteta instructed the Arsenal web site. “And I thought the performance was at the level today that he [Wenger] deserves, and hopefully he will like.”

Wenger says goodbye to the Arsenal fans after 22 years as the club's manager.

Since 2019, Wenger has been FIFA’s Chief of World Soccer Growth.