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Martin Keown urges Arsenal to consider Wenger for chairman's role

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Arsene Wenger (Getty Images)
Arsene Wenger (Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Martin Keown says it would "be something special" to see former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger replace Sir Chips Keswick as the club's chairman.

The Gunners announced on Thursday that Sir Chips had decided to retire after seven years as chairman but Sky Sports claim that Arsenal 'will not seek to appoint a new chairman, with the board now consisting of Stan Kroenke, Josh Kroenke, Lord Harris and Ken Friar'.

Wenger, who left Arsenal as their manager in 2018, has been weighing up his options since departing the Emirates Stadium and Keown thinks it would be "special" to see him back as the club's chairman.

Keown told talkSPORT: "Sir Chips is somebody who had been there for 15 years, took over from Peter Hill-Wood, so I think the club have been respectful with the work he's done there.

"It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board.

"I don't think so somehow, I think he's said recently he doesn't want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board, but they could do a lot worse.

"You know that I feel that would be almost the perfect answer for Kroenke, the young Josh Kroenke, he needs that older person perhaps around, someone with the experience.

"Other people would think that it would be intimidating for (Mikel) Arteta – I don't think so.

"If you're a successful-type personality, you don't really mind who else is in the building. You embrace that knowledge that could come in through the door.

"So, I would applaud that if Arsenal Football Club were to bring Arsene Wenger onto the board."

- TEAMtalk media

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