Arsene Wenger reveals discussions over potential Arsenal return – Metro.co.uk

Arsene Wenger says he wants 'complete distance' from Arsenal
Arsene Wenger says he wants ‘complete distance’ from Arsenal (beIN Sports)

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has refused to return to Arsenal because he does not want to overshadow Unai Emery.

The 69-year-old called time on his reign at Arsenal last year but has not been back to the Emirates Stadium to watch a game since Emery took charge.

And while Wenger admits he has been in contact with Arsenal’s hierarchy, he would be reluctant to take up a role with his former club.

‘I have been in touch with some people at the club but I felt when you go like that you cannot be half in, half out,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.

Arsene Wenger did not want to overshadow Unai Emery's early reign at Arsenal
Wenger did not want to overshadow Unai Emery’s early reign at Arsenal (AFP/Getty Images)

‘You let people who come in work their way.

‘And I wanted to take a complete distance.

‘It’s still a bit early, maybe, to go back. I haven’t been back at the club.’

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Wenger also revealed why he has refused offers to return to management since leaving Arsenal.

‘What happened is that I took a distance a little bit,’ said Wenger.

‘I was realising that I lived like somebody in a coma for 35 years who woke up and saw something different in life than just my club, my game and my work.

‘So I thought maybe I have to analyse that and take a little bit longer distance.

‘I was tempted and as well a little bit afraid to dive back into it straight away.’

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