‘Why don’t you go after Arsene?’ – Gunners legend backs manager return
Former Gunner Charlie Nicholas has made a rather intriguing suggestion to aid Arsenal’s current struggles in the transfer market.
Arsenal have only brought in one signing since the end of last season, and with the club no longer in the Champions League and being unable to finish in the Premier League’s top four, Nicholas believes he has a radical solution should The Gunners fall behind by not attracting top targets.
Speaking on the Transfer Talk podcast (via The Daily Express), he said: “It’s not just because I’m trying to be controversial but Arsene Wenger has been out of a job for a long time.
“I would have simply have said: ‘Well, why don’t you go after Arsene Wenger?’.
“If Arsene Wenger sits in a room with these different players that we are trying to attract, if he’s sitting in a room representing Arsenal Football Club, I think we’d get more of a say and more a feel that they can generally attract these players.”
Wenger has not worked in football since leaving Arsenal just over a year ago after 22 years at the helm.
However, Nicholas’ suggested new role for the 69-year-old would be a more behind-the-scenes position for the former Arsenal boss, and with Wenger having previous as the manager, his performance in such a role could be profitable for the club.
Only recently in an exclusive interview with Goal did former Arsenal transfer negotiator Dick Law note of Arsene Wenger’s pulling power when it comes to deals – particularly in persuading Alexis Sanchez to join The Gunners from Barcelona back in 2014.
So if Wenger was to put more of his efforts into such exploits – and link up with former player Edu in the process – perhaps there is something in Nicholas’ slightly unorthodox method of improving Arsenal’s standing in transfer negotiations.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!