Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has claimed that the Gunners should bring back former manager Arsene Wenger in a directorial role, as the legendary Frenchman could be key to bringing top talent to the club.

Wenger resigned as manager at the end of the 2017/18 season after the club fell out of the ​Premier League top four for two years in a row. He has been out of a job since then and has only been doing media duties.

Nicholas, who was a key player that helped the north London club return to winning ways in the 80s and 90s, believes that the club missed a trick by not bringing in Wenger as the technical director.

The former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports Transfer Talk Podcast, “Sometimes I like to throw one [an idea] in every now and then, like we all do. It’s not just because I’m trying to be controversial but Arsene Wenger has been out of a job for a long time. 

"Now, Arsenal tried to keep him as a director of football or on the hierarchy because he can help guide us in case there was trouble that was going to be there for the club.

“Wenger still knows the game inside out and people will say ‘well, he wanted to leave Arsenal’. Yeah he did at that time as a manager, it was painful because he felt hurt and damaged. But I still think he loves the club. 

"If Arsene Wenger sits in a room with these different players that we are trying to attract, if he’s sitting in a room representing Arsenal Football Club, I think we’d get more of a say and more of a feel that they can generally attract these players,” he concluded.

Arsene Wenger had a great record of convincing young players to join the club, with many still suggesting that they would not have come to Arsenal if it were not for the persuasive powers of the Frenchman.