Arsenal ready plans to build Arsene Wenger statue outside Emirates after visit

Arsenal are reportedly drawing up plans to erect a statue of former boss Arsene Wenger at The Emirates.

The decision to build Wenger a statue comes after he returned to The Emirates to watch the Gunners defeat West Ham 3-1. It was the first time the Frenchman had visited his old stomping ground since he was sacked over four years ago.

But the 73-year-old appeared to be in good spirits as he celebrated Martin Odegaard's early disallowed goal in the VIP section with his wife Annie. And following his visit, the Gunners plan to award their most successful manager with a statue in early 2023, according to The Telegraph.

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Wenger's sculpture is set to be placed outside the entrance of The Emirates, like his old adversary Sir Alex Ferguson's bronze bust is situated outside Old Trafford. But it's not been made clear what Wenger's statue will consist of at this stage.

However, it will be a fitting tribute to the man who won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups for the Gunners during his 22-year stint in North London.

Wenger was also responsible for Arsenal's 'Invincibles' season in the 2003-04 campaign when his side recorded zero losses – a feat that's yet to be replicated.

Wenger's return to The Emirates came as a surprise to some as he previously declared he'd never come back to the club as a spectator.

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But his former star turned boss Mikel Arteta's emotional plea to Wenger last season may have prompted him to have a change of heart.

Arteta said: "Hopefully we can bring him close because I think he would have a great time just seeing the environment that he can create around him when he’s around this place. That is because of the respect, admiration and love that everybody at the club has for what he’s done and for what he represents as a person in this club."

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