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Arsene Wenger insists he will never make Arsenal return at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has insisted he will never make a return to north London, even as a fan.

The Frenchman spent 22 years with the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles – including an Invincibles honour – and seven FA Cups.

It saw him become the longest-serving manager in the English top-flight’s history, beating Manchester United hero Sir Alex Ferguson by nine months.

But the 70-year-old has warned Arsenal fans that he will not be making a trip down memory lane anytime soon.

Speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger said: “Would I return to the Emirates Stadium? I always said to myself that I would be leaving Arsenal completely. That’s the decision I made.

Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has insisted he will never make an Arsenal return
Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has insisted he will never make an Arsenal return

“I managed the club for 1,235 games, I’ve had good and bad times there, but we always tried to defend the club’s values. And I think we managed to do it.”

Arsenal are preparing to return to Premier League action next month behind closed doors, currently sitting ninth in the table but three points away from a Europa League spot.

But Wenger has warned against playing games without football supporters at the ground.

The Frenchman spent 22 years in north London, winning a Premier League title with the Invincibles
The Frenchman spent 22 years in north London, winning a Premier League title with the Invincibles

He said: “Will it damage the show in the longer term without supporters? I’m convinced of that.

“It can be a short term solution, not a long term one but it’s still the best way to decide the season.

“We cannot take medically take such a big gamble, we have to be safe.

“Nobody believes that by mid-July we will be completely safe.

But the former Gunners man has said he 'would be leaving Arsenal completely' when he left north London
But the former Gunners man has said he ‘would be leaving Arsenal completely’ when he left north London

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“I believe it is a good idea because some smaller teams could not play with the same players every three days so it allows them to use their best players.”

It comes as the former Arsenal boss has backed suggestions Liverpool should be given the Premier League title.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/arsene-wenger-insists-never-make-22076591

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