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Claims mount that Mikel Arteta is set to be named new Arsenal boss imminently


A number of reports across the European media this evening suggest that Mikel Arteta’s appointment as Arsenal’s new manager is now a matter of when, rather than if.

City cruise

The Gunners welcomed Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the Emirates yesterday evening, for their latest Premier League outing.

Arsenal headed into proceedings hoping to build on their previous league result, which saw the north Londoners bring to an end a run of 9 games without a win across all competitions.

A trip to capital rivals West Ham eventually saw the visitors notch a 3-1 victory, courtesy of a blitzing 10-minute stretch in the second-half.

When all was said and done 24 hours ago, though, Arsenal were brought firmly back down to earth.

A Kevin De Bruyne-inspired City made short work of their hosts, en route to a comfortable 3-0 win.

Ljungberg struggling

As such, on the back of another sub-par display, questions have since inevitably once again been asked of interim Gunners boss Freddie Ljungberg.

Club legend Ljungberg was thrown in at the deep end at the Emirates following Unai Emery’s sacking late last month, but has unsurprisingly failed to turn the fortunes of his former side around.

To this point, the Swede has overseen 2 draws, 2 losses and just a solitary victory.

Freddie Ljungberg during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arteta in

As a result, reports over the last 24 hours have mounted that those in charge at the Emirates are ready to pull the trigger on the appointment of a new permanent boss.

And, it the latest updates tonight are to be believed, then a decision on the man set to be tasked with leading Arsenal forward into a new era has been made.

The individual in question? Mikel Arteta.

Manchester City no.2 Arteta was tipped to take the reins at his former club in the summer of 2018, before Unai Emery’s arrival.

And now, 18 months on, the Spaniard looks all set to finally be handed his chance to impress on the Gunners’ bench, with the likes of the Telegraph, Mundo Deportivo and more having all assured that Arteta’s appointment is imminent.

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