Arsene Wenger has admitted that if the club had reached out to him, he would consider returning to Arsenal.
After a poor start to the Premier League season, Mikel Arteta remains under pressure at the Emirates, which leaves the Gunners 13th in the Premier League table after 16 league matches.
On Boxing Day, they ended a streak of seven league matches without three points against Chelsea and then followed it up with a 1-0 to give Arteta some respite against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Arsenal manager will be keen to begin his transformation of the squad with the January transfer window approaching, but outgoing rather than new signings might well be the focus.
Wenger admitted that he would be able to assist his former employers when asked if he would return to Arsenal, but he did not expect a call anytime soon.
“I’ll help them if I’m needed, but I’m not expecting that, no,” Wenger told NBC Sports.
“Time, you know, is a good doctor,” he said.
In October, speaking to talkSPORT, Wenger said: “Mikel was passionate about the game and highly motivated, with good concentration and a determination to do well. There you could see the ingredients, and he had a grip on the other players and an impact. He’s fortunate because he got into a big club right away, in a position where you usually have to work ten years to get into that position, but he got his opportunity because he played for the club and was a good player. I’m wishing him well.
I have left the club in a position to do better for my supporters and now the club has the financial resources to win the championship.”