By Kevin Campbell

5th Dec, 2021 | 6:00pm

Campbell delivers 'honest' verdict on Wenger return after Arsenal director's confirmed news

Arsene Wenger could help Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta in an advisory role, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Gunners and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said Wenger, 72, could take on a similar role at the Emirates to that of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

As quoted by the Evening Standard (30 November), Arsenal technical director Edu revealed in a matchday programme that he would like Wenger to be “closer to the club”.

It comes after Gunners manager Mikel Arteta said he would be “delighted” to have the ex-Arsenal boss more involved.

Wenger is currently the head of global football development at FIFA and has not managed since leaving the Emirates in 2018.

When asked by Football Insider what kind of role Wenger could assume, Campbell said: “I’m not really sure about it.

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“Maybe he could come in as an adviser to the manager.

“Let’s be honest, Arteta is learning on the job. He is inexperienced. The more help he can get, the better.

“Wenger could help him on the training pitch, on how to manage players. Wenger might see something that Arteta doesn’t. He could make tweaks to help the team perform a bit better, in a similar way to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

“The full role, I’m not sure of. But to have somebody of his experience could be useful in certain scenarios. Wenger’s knowledge and experience would be invaluable.”

In other news, an injury expert has revealed Xhaka’s comeback date as ‘weeks shaved off’ Arsenal return.