Arsene Wenger could return to Arsenal as chairman following the retirement of Chairman, Sir Chips Keswick as it is believed he can provide invaluable experience to young owner Josh Kroenke.
That’s according to Arsenal legend Martin Keown, who appears to be keen to see his old manager take a position upstairs at the Emirates Stadium.
Keswick recently retired after 15 years as chairman at Arsenal, having announced he would step down at the climax of the season in normal circumstances.
There is now a vacant seat on the Gunners’ board, which former defender Keon believes should be occupied by Wenger, who is Arsenal’s most successful manager ever.
While admitting chances were slim that Wenger would be drawn back to north London, Keown urged those in charge at the Gunners to seriously consider bringing the Frenchman on board.
He told talkSPORT: “Sir Chips is somebody who had been there for 15 years, took over from Peter Hill-Wood, so I think the club have been respectful with the work he’s done there.
“It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board. I don’t think so somehow, I think he’s said recently he doesn’t want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board, but they could do a lot worse.
“I feel that would be almost the perfect answer for Kroenke, the young Josh Kroenke, he needs that older person perhaps around, someone with the experience.
“Other people would think that it would be intimidating for [manager Mikel] Arteta – I don’t think so.
“If you’re a successful-type personality, you don’t really mind who else is in the building. You embrace that knowledge that could come in through the door.
“So I would applaud that if Arsenal Football Club were to bring Arsene Wenger onto the board.”