Wenger Returns to Emirates for the First Time to Watch Arsenal Game

Wenger Returns to Emirates for the First Time to Watch Arsenal Game

Martin Moses
  • Arsene Wenger made an emotional return to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since his exit four years ago
  • Wenger served as Arsenal's Head Coach between 1996 and 2018 before moving on to work at FIFA
  • Arteta lauded the impact he had as the Gunners came from behind to get maximum points against West Ham

Arsenal fans were treated to a beautiful sight when legendary Head Coach Arsene Wenger returned to the Emirates for the first time since his exit.

The Gunners were hosting West Ham in a London Derby as the first round of Premier League fixtures kicked off on Boxing day.

Arsenal, West Ham, Mikel Arteta, Arsene Wenger, Emirates Stadium, West Ham
Arsene Wenger during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2022. Photo by David Price
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Wenger, who left Arsenal in 2018, served as the head coach for 22 years before calling it a day. He was among the crowd as Arsenal staged a second-half comeback to beat their opponents 3-1.

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Said Benrahma had opened the scoring via the penalty spot, but Bukayo Saka restored parity in the second half. Further goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah ensured Arsenal opened a seven-point gap at the top of the Premier League.

Speaking after the game Mikel Arteta expressed his happiness about Wenger being among the fans.

"Arsene picked the right moment. I thought the performance today was at the level he deserved. The players didn’t know. It was a special day, so thank you so much Arsene for coming. Walking through the stadium he’s going to feel what everyone thinks of him…he’s been such an influence," as quoted by Daily Mail.

Wenger now works for FIFA as the head of global football development.

Nketiah's sublime finish

Sports Brief has also reported that Eddie Nketiah put the icing on the cake with a lovely finish as Arsenal return to English Premier League action with a convincing win against London rivals West Ham.

The English-born Ghanaian who was handed a starting role following injury to Gabriel Jesus, repaid manager Mikel Arteta's faith in him with an incredible team goal.

Nketiah cleverly turned his marker before slotting home to finish off a swift display from the Gunners.