Arsenal urged to bring back Arsene Wenger in radical shake-up

Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas thinks the Gunners should re-employ Arsene Wenger – and thinks his experience would be invaluable in helping Mikel Arteta.

The 71-year-old Frenchman is considered a legend of the club having won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his 22 years at the helm.

Arteta has had an up-and-down time in charge so far, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield but struggling in the Premier League.

And speaking on the Paddy Power podcast From The Horse's Mouth, Nicholas stated his belief that Wenger would be a shrewd addition behind the scenes at Arsenal.

"I suggested about two years ago they should bring Arsene Wenger back to Arsenal," Nicholas said.

"When Wenger and David Dein were a partnership that was bringing in Thierry Henry's and Patrick Viera's, it was a partnership that the manager wanted.

"Their relationship worked an absolute treat. Wenger was probably too intelligent for football and wanted to have a say in the finances of it too, and Dein would say, 'if we can afford it, we're just going to get you the player.' It worked so well.

"And I'd still take him back now."

Nicholas does not feel the appointment would undermine Arteta, and believes Wenger's contact list and sheer presence would be a benefit to the club.

"He'd not be a threat to Arteta, he'd be there to help him," Nicholas added.

"He's a genuine Arsenal fan, and because of that he'll show the leadership and understanding the club needs.

"If Arsene was to call or turn up to meet a player from Atlético Madrid or Barcelona or Real Madrid, I think there's a strong chance he'd help get those deals over the line because of his presence and his reputation.

"I still think he could play a marvellous part in teaching Arteta the real rules of the management game.

"Of course, he made a lot of mistakes, and Emery and Arteta have inherited some bad signings he made, but Alex Ferguson made some mistakes too. He's still the best ever.

"It happens, but what Wenger created we have to respect."

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