Simon Collings of the Evening Standard has this afternoon provided an update on the timeframe for Mikel Arteta’s potential appointment at Arsenal.
The Gunners welcomed Manchester City to the Emirates on Sunday evening, for their latest Premier League clash.
The matchup came as Arsenal’s 5th under the guidance of interim boss Freddie Ljungberg, following Unai Emery’s sacking late last month.
Ljungberg’s previous 4 outings saw the north Londoners notch just a solitary victory, though, along with 2 draws and a defeat.
And, when all was said and done on Sunday, the Swede’s struggles in charge of his former club continued.
A blitzing first-half display on the part of Pep Guardiola’s City saw the Sky Blues race out to a 3-0 lead, courtesy of goals from Kevin De Bruyne (2) and Raheem Sterling.
And, despite the visitors having taken their foot off the gas following the interval, Arsenal nevertheless failed to mount any form of comeback.
6 – Arsenal have gone six games without a win at the Emirates across all competitions (D3 L3), their longest run without a home win since between December 1994 and February 1995 under George Graham (eight games). Miserable. #ARSMCI pic.twitter.com/wMRqIMndSA
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 15, 2019
Arteta in charge for Everton?
As such, on the back of another sub-par display, speculation has since inevitably been rampant regarding the future of 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.
The Swede’s struggles, meanwhile, have since seen reports mount over the last 48 hours that those in charge at the Emirates are ready to pull the trigger on the appointment of a new permanent boss.
The runaway favourite to be handed the reins in north London is another former Arsenal star, in the form of 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.
As per the aforementioned update from Simon Collings of the Evening Standard, meanwhile, Arteta could even oversee Arsenal’s next outing.
The capital giants are set to visit Everton this coming Saturday, in the Premier League.
And, with an imminent meeting between Arteta and Arsenal director Josh Kroenke set to see the 37-year-old’s appointment given the final seal of approval, he looks likely to be in charge for the Gunners’ visit to Goodison Park.
#afc Talks progressing well with Arteta and Arsenal.
Told he could even be appointed in next 48 hours in time for Everton on Saturday.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) December 17, 2019