Ian Wright Says He Wants to Help Arsenal But Claims Arsene Wenger Is Against His Return

Jude Summerfield

​Arsenal legend Ian Wright admits he would like to help his former club but claims manager Arsene Wenger is against his potential return.

Wenger is under huge pressure with his side's season petering out, with chances of Champions League qualification looking remote after their latest loss to Crystal Palace, and there have been repeated calls from Gunners fans for the Frenchman to leave at the end of the current campaign. 

However, despite calls for his exit, Wenger is likely to continue and sign a new two-year deal. Wright has criticised the team in the past few months for their limp displays but says he would do anything to help the club.

Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Premier League

He told ​the Sun: " If Arsenal asked me to go there in any capacity, to do anything, I would go there.

“At the end of the day, he’s got people around him that he loves.

“Gilles Grimandi, people like Robert Pires. Those people aren’t going to front him up.

“Martin Keown is the only one that’s fronted him in the last couple of years and he got him out.

“No-one around Arsene Wenger can front him up and say ‘you’re wrong.’”

"Arsene Wenger is the only football person there and it is worrying and I think that's why he has held onto his job for as long as he has.

"It's embarrassing what is going on up there at the moment."

Arsenal will look to get their season back on track when they face Middlesbrough on Monday.

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