Martin Keown calls for ‘visionary’ Arsene Wenger to be given job leading Arsenal

Martin Keown has called for Arsenal to give legendary manager Arsene Wenger a role leading the club.

Keown and his former Gunners teammate Ray Parlour believe Wenger's contribution to Arsenal should be immortalised with a statue outside the Emirates Stadium.

But Keown says the club should go further than that and hand the 'visionary' Frenchman a high-powered role in the boardroom.

Wenger is the most successful manager in Arsenal's history, having guided the Gunners to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup triumphs.

He was also the club's longest-serving boss, having been at the helm for 22 years before stepping down two years ago.

Wenger has not taken another managerial job since leaving Arsenal – and Keown says the 70-year-old back to help guide the club through a new era under the current manager, former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta.

"Wenger was a visionary. He should be in the board room," Keown told the Daily Mail.

"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."

Part of Wenger's legacy is the move from Highbury to the state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium, which has been the club's home since 2006.

Keown and Parlour have called for a statue of Wenger to be built outside the stadium – saying the club might never have moved had it not been for the former manager.

"Before him, we finished 10th, fourth, 12th, fifth in the Premier League. Then we won three titles with him," Keown said .


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