As per a report from the reliable Matt Law of the Telegraph, Mikel Arteta is the front-runner to be named as the new manager of Arsenal.
The story surrounding the manager’s position at the Emirates has been rampant in the media of late.
This comes after Unai Emery was finally given his marching orders last Friday.
On the back of a dismal start to the campaign, culminating in a 7-match winless streak across all competitions under the Spaniard, Emery and his coaching staff were understandably dismissed.
Club statement: Unai Emery
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 29, 2019
Freddie Ljungberg was subsequently handed the role of interim Gunners boss, but a draw and defeat in respective outings versus Norwich and Brighton over the last week have seen many call into question whether the Swede is yet ready for the hotseat at a top club.
Arteta leading the race?
As such, a host of alternative tacticians continue to be touted as potential installments on the Arsenal bench.
Another name to have been persistently floated by the media, meanwhile, has been that 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 appointment.
And, after the Times previously suggested that the Arsenal board were ‘lining up’ the Spaniard as their new boss, Matt Law of the Telegraph has since doubled down on such claims:
‘Arteta is now viewed as the leading candidate if Arsenal look to make an appointment during the season.’
It is added, though, that Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man will need to pass an ‘Apprentice-style’ interview, if he hopes to secure the position.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) December 7, 2019