Arsene Wenger still represents a big part of Arsenal’s history and deserves a statue outside Emirates, as per Ex-Gunners Martin Keown and Ray Parlour.
Arsene Wenger made an unrivaled impact throughout the time he spent as Arsenal manager.
In his 22 years of stay, the Frenchman was the most successful and longest-serving head coach in the club’s history.
Wenger led Arsenal to three Premier League crowns and seven FA Cup titles while taking charge of the club between 1996 and 2018.
Two players who played under the legendary manager at Arsenal now believe the 70-year-old should be immortalized for all his achievements with the club.
“Before him, we finished 10th, fourth, 12th, fifth in the Premier League. Then we won three titles with him,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“That’s why he deserves a statue,” Parlour added. “He’s the one who created the Emirates, if you like. He’s the one who had that focus to say Highbury, as much as we all loved it, was not big enough.”
The two former Gunners also believe Wenger should be given a board role at Arsenal, considering he still sounds very attached to the club.
“Wenger was a visionary. He should be in the board room,” Keown said.
“Could he have done that? Wenger loved the day-to-day; the training; the matches,” Parlour responded.
“What’s the alternative, though?” Keown replied. “The alternative is what he’s got now — no official link to Arsenal Football Club when he should be sitting proudly in the board room. When I hear him talk, he still says ‘us’ and ‘we’. Have Wenger on the board and put his expertise to use.”
Following the Frenchman’s departure, Arsenal moved to Unai Emery as his replacement, but that did not last too long.
After 18 months at Arsenal, Unai Emery was eventually sacked and replaced by Arteta who Wenger believes can restore the values and style of the club back to what it’s known for.
There have been recent reports Wenger would yet get a much deserved statue at the Emirates.