Arsene Wenger, as he points out in the opening of his newly published book, left ‘the club of his life’ in May 2018.
He hasn’t been back since.
In part this was because he was keen to give then new head coach Unai Emery time to work without any distraction, and also down to the fact he felt some pain at his departure.
Now, with one of his former captains in the managerial hot-seat, he appears more ready to make his return to the Emirates, even if he’s unsure when it might happen. Last night, during a live event, he told the Guardian’s Donald McRae, “Yes, I think I can go back.
“I think I have no real connection anymore with the club, so I didn’t want to provoke one.
“When will I go back? I really don’t know, but I support the club and I watch the games. I suffer when we don’t win, and I’m happy when we win.”
The question of Arsene attending a game again was put to Mikel Arteta at his press conference today, and he was openly enthusiastic about the prospect.
“I would like to see him back around us,” he said.
“He was a massive figure for me and he’s someone that I can still learn a lot of things from and I would like to have him closer to us.
“Obviously the actual environment doesn’t allow us to do it, but I think he’s a figure that has to be very present in what we do at the football club because he is, in my opinion, the one who had the vision and helped this club to evolve and be what it is today.”
Obviously there are no fans allowed in stadiums at the moment, but fingers crossed we can all get back there soon, and to see the former boss attend in the presence of those supporters would be a lovely thing.
Stay safe folks.