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Arsenal: Charlie Nicholas calls for Arsene Wenger to return as technical director

Arsenal: Charlie Nicholas calls for Arsene Wenger to return as technical director

Former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas has called for Arsene Wenger to return to the club as a technical director to ease the troubles the squad are currently experiencing under Unai Emery.

Emery’s side have been in miserable form of late, and have been rocked by off-the-pitch issues too, including the removal of Granit Xhaka as the Gunners’ permanent captain.

Meanwhile, ex-Arsenal boss Wenger was recently talked up as a potential successor to Niko Kovac, who was sacked as Bayern Munich manager in early November.

In his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas felt that a return for Wenger at board level – before he is snapped up elsewhere – is something the Gunners hierarchy should be strongly interested in.

He said: “I would go in for Wenger and get him on the board or get him in as the technical director. Why let him talk to Bayern Munich and float about on TV when you can have that brain, fabric and understanding at the club right [now]. He could work with an experienced manager to get it right. He can also improve the decision-making. Why did Arsenal miss out on Gary Cahill, for example?

“Wenger couldn’t sort his own problems, but he could help Emery in certain ways. I was always teased about the hierarchy not being right, but we have around four guys arguing over transfers. Is Edu the one who says these are the players Arsenal are getting? Is he in strong communication with Emery?”

Nicholas’ yearning for a Wenger return is no knee-jerk reaction from the Scot, who pointed out the Frenchman as a solution to the club’s problems back in July, with Arsenal appearing to struggle to recruit in the transfer market.

He also criticised the make-up of the club’s board prior to the defeat to Leicester City last weekend.

A Wenger return at board level would likely be an emotional affair, with the 70-year-old bringing a 22-year reign to an end in 2018.

But with the club moving on, having made changes behind the scenes since his departure – including the recent arrival of Edu as technical director – it seems unlikely that Nicholas’ wish would be taken seriously by the board having filled such a role so recently as the club attempt to create new successes in the post-Wenger era.

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