Arteta makes Arsenal return
After what felt like an age, Arsenal finally appointed a replacement for Unai Emery on Friday the 20th of December.
The Gunners have welcomed back one of their former players Mikel Arteta to the Emirates with the Spaniard set to become head coach on Sunday.
Welcome back, Mikel!
Head coach of The Arsenal pic.twitter.com/lhsAfQ7cfq
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 20, 2019
Before taking the reins at Arsenal, Arteta had spent the last several years at Manchester City, working under arguably one of the best managers in the world, Pep Guardiola.
So, while Arteta has no managerial experience of his own, the Spaniard should have picked up one or two things from his time with Pep.
The Gunners are set to take on Everton in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off but as Arsenal stated Arteta will join on Sunday, the clash at Goodison Park looks to be Ljungberg’s final game as interim boss.
Ljungberg hasn’t had the greatest time in the Arsenal dugout, winning just one of his four Premier League clashes before facing the Toffees.
Pochettino on Arsenal appointing Arteta
The North London outfit will begin the weekend 10th in the English top-flight, seven points off a Champions League place.
That gap could, of course, widen to 10 points should Arsenal fail to beat Everton.
So, as well as the rather huge task of getting Arsenal back into a Champions League spot, Arteta will also have to attempt to fix the Gunners’ poor defence. And he may also lose Arsenal’s standout star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the near future with the forward reportedly considering his future at the Emirates.
The above is just a very brief overview of some of the mammoth tasks facing Arteta when he becomes Arsenal boss.
However, despite his lack of experience and the plethora of problems Arteta will have to deal with, former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has backed the Spaniard to be a success at Arsenal:
“Yes of course, he’s going to be [a success].
“He’s top, a top personality, character. I think he has the qualities to be one of the best.
“He was very young when I played with him at Paris Saint-Germain, he was 17 years old when he arrived and he was brilliant.” As quoted by the Mirror.