Arsenal’s new manager?
Arsenal are reportedly finalising a move for Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta, with a three-and-a-half year contract on the table.
The Spaniard played for the Gunners from 2011 to 2016, captaining the club during his stint at the Emirates.
Since retiring from football, Arteta has made a name for himself behind the scenes with Pep Guardiola.
Arteta joined Guardiola as his assistant at Manchester City back in early 2017.
Since then, he’s been part of a backroom team that’s won back to back Premier League trophies.
Though, having fallen short of getting the Arsenal managerial job after Arsene Wenger left, Arteta has been heavily linked with the Emirates hot seat.
Now, it looks as though a deal is all but done.
Arteta looking likely to be in charge vs Everton
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are ‘finalising’ their plans to appoint Arteta on a three-and-a-half year deal.
They claim: ‘the 37-year-old Spaniard has held extensive negotiations with senior club officials in the past 72 hours and he could be in place for Saturday’s game against Everton at Goodison Park’.
That would be a huge boost for Arsenal, who are in need of points as they sit 10th in the Premier League table.
The Standard also claim that ‘it would now take a drastic U-turn for Arteta (right) not be appointed to succeed compatriot Unai Emery’.
It’s also claimed that while Man City are not happy with the way Arsenal have approached Arteta, they will not stand in his way.
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Wenger backs Arteta to succeed
Arsene Wenger, who managed Arteta during his time at Arsenal, has been speaking about the potential appointment this week.
Wenger backed the former Arsenal captain to have ‘a great future’ as he looks to revive the Gunners.
“I believe that Arteta has certainly a great future,” Wenger explained, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“He has certainly learned a lot in his first position as an assistant coach and after that as well he will have to deal with the fact that he has no experience at that level and he will have to get surrounded well.”