IAN LADYMAN: Arsene Wenger returning to Arsenal makes NO sense… the club are finally progressing under Mikel Arteta after the Spaniard had to unpick the mess the Frenchman left behind

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  • Mikel Arteta said he hopes Arsenal can bring Arsene Wenger closer last week
  • No point in Wenger’s return, as it took three years for his mess to pick up
  • Ralph Rangnick expected to be announced as interim manager of Man United
  • FA returns from Doha with assurances LGBT supporters will be safe

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There is no point in Wenger going back to Arsenal

Mikel Arteta will eventually be seen making the move to Arsenal. It has taken some time and his team is still short of where they should be, but there are signs of progress.

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Which makes his recent comments about Arsene Wenger very strange indeed.

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Arteta said last week: ‘Hopefully we can bring him closer. I think he will have a great time looking at the environment he can create around himself and this place.

Mikel Arteta (L), who plays under Arsene Wenger (R), wants former boss back at Arsenal

‘I want him to be closer to me personally, because I think it will be a big help – and it will be a big help to the club.’

Wenger stayed at Arsenal for a very long time and has now been gone for a little over three. It took Arteta – and Unai Emery before him – to clear up much of the mess the great Frenchman had left behind.

In the end, Arsenal now look and feel different. Arteta’s squad has little balance in terms of its qualities and the age of its players. It is starting to develop an identity that is largely related to the Spaniard.

The Frenchman was sacked as manager in May 2018 after 22 years in charge of the club.

The Frenchman was sacked as manager in May 2018 after 22 years in charge of the club.

Why do anything to jeopardize it now?

Wenger’s path has been haphazard since his exit from the Emirates after not winning the Premier League title in 14 years. He’s written a bad autobiography and is now the guy at FIFA who, oddly enough, thinks a World Cup every two years is a good idea.

Sure, it seems like someone should give Wenger, 72, something else worth doing. Their mind remains sharp and their appetite for work and influence does not diminish.

It is sad and hard enough to understand that he never went back to North London. He gave Arsenal so much for what they are now. He designed the training ground and gave them the financial security to build the stadium.

Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups as Arsenal manager (above)

Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups as Arsenal manager (above)

Each of the 58,000 home supporters present as Arteta’s team beat Newcastle on Saturday are forever indebted to Wenger.

But Arteta and Arsenal clearly don’t need Wenger’s return. Not now. Not with much effect anyway.

There should always be a seat reserved for him in the directors’ compartment, even if he is never seated in it.

He should be to Arsenal what Sir Alex Ferguson is to Manchester United. Give him a fancy title if need be. But in reality he should never be more than an honorary guest.

When pressed on the exact intentions of the club, Arteta was unclear. He explained that the two had spoken about Wenger at the premiere of a new film and hinted that something could still be agreed upon.

Current manager Mikel Arteta (above) doesn't need former Gunners boss at Emirates

Current manager Mikel Arteta (above) does not need a former Gunners boss at the club

But the truth is Arteta has already gone through a lot.

Recently, he had put a picture of his old manager at the entrance of the training ground. Some players high five it as soon as they go in.

It is a testament to Arteta’s understanding of respect but also of his confidence. Some managers hide from a club’s great past but the better ones admit it.

Arteta has shown due respect to the architect of the modern arsenal and that is enough. Anything more than that would be a serious mistake.

The recruitment of Ralph Rangnick by Manchester United is being presented by many as a coup. hardly. They are taking him from locomotive Moscow, not Real Madrid.

However, it seems like a positive appointment. What will be interesting is how he gets a broken team back on its feet. Much has been made of the 63-year-old’s devotion to ‘suppress’ football. Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is a disciple.

But any coach needs the right players to implement that style.

Can Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes do this? Would they like? Have Nemanja Matic, Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay got the engine for 90 minutes for that kind of work?

The coming weeks will be challenging for United’s team. He will also be a challenge for his new coach.

Ralph Rangnick, the new interim manager at Manchester United, will finish his job for them

Ralph Rangnick, the new interim manager at Manchester United, will finish his job for them

‘Diversity’ in Qatar is just a freak trick

He does window dressing well in the World Cup.

In Cape Town in 2010 they put up billboards so that visitors could not see the township on travel from the airport.

In Moscow in 2018, he relocated the homeless from street corners. For a month, he was kept in a safe place to sleep.

And so on for Qatar. An FA delegation has returned from Doha with assurances that LGBT supporters will be safe if they choose to participate in next winter’s tournament.

Asked recently about this, FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said: ‘We asked the question whether all our fans would be able to come, especially from the LGBTQ community, and we got a clear answer that everyone in Qatar Welcome. ,

This raises two questions: What would the FA do if the answer was ‘no’?

And secondly, what happens once the World Cup is over and everyone goes home?

Being gay is against the law in Qatar, so all this talk is not only cheap, but deeply offensive.

World Cup ceasefire for the LGBT community. Put down the guns for a month. How nice everyone.

FA delegation returns from Doha with assurances LGBT supporters will be safe

FA delegation returns from Doha with assurances LGBT supporters will be safe

The Blades Are Getting Down From Those Wilder Days

When Chris Wilder left Sheffield United last spring, it looked like a bad day for him, but a worse day for the club.

The Blades have won only 10 of their 30 league games since then and have now sacked Wilder’s replacement Slavissa Djokanovic. They are in 13th place in the championship.

With Wilder in charge, it always felt like Sheffield United were punching above their own weight.

We shouldn’t be surprised that gravity has taken over.

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