Mikel Arteta has revealed why he asked Arsenal to install a giant photo of Arsene Wenger at the entrance to the club’s London Colney training center.
The photo, which goes floor-to-ceiling and shows a smiling Wenger raising his hand, is the first thing players see when they enter the building before training every day.
And Arteta, speaking at the premiere of âArsene Wenger: Invincible,â said GOAL why he was so determined to bring Wenger’s presence back to the club he hasn’t visited since leaving in May 2018.
What did Arteta say?
When asked why Wenger’s presence on the training ground was so important to him, Arteta said: âFor me, this is something that we have lost and that we have to get back.
âI wanted this photo and a very inspiring line at the entrance because that was a big part of what he did to Colney and how it all started in the Emirates.
âHe had to be there. “
Thunderclap from the players
Since the photo was posted to London Colney, it has become the norm for Arsenal players to give Wenger a high five when they enter the building each day.
“You see the reaction from the players,” said Arteta. âI knew they were going to hit him.
âYou just have to look at his eyes and it’s like he’s there. He has this ability, he penetrates when he looks at you.
âThe players are really benefiting from it.
Will Wenger return in person?
It has been more than three years now since Wenger left Arsenal, but the club’s most successful manager has yet to return to the club in any capacity.
Speaking in the upcoming film, which will be released on November 22, the Frenchman revealed that he currently doesn’t think there is “any particular reason” for him to return to his former club.
But Arteta, who played under Wenger, is hopeful his former boss can become more present in the future and believes his current quad would benefit from seeing him.
“I would like him to be more present at the club,” said the Spaniard.
âI think the players would love him, they will benefit from it, they will be inspired to have him around and I think for the club that would be a huge boost.
“It was so intense for him for over 20 years and you have to step back a bit, but I think it would be so beneficial for all parties to have him more present.”
Arsene Wenger: Invincible will screen at Picturehouse theaters in Finsbury Park and Hackney from November 11.
It will be available to watch via Amazon Prime Video, Sky, Google Play, or Apple TV from November 22, when it goes on sale on DVD and Blue Ray.