Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta is heavily linked to taking up the management job at Arsenal as Arsene Wenger’s successor.
Arsenal is set to replace the legendary Frenchman with one of his students, Mikel Arteta. Arteta played for the North London giants during Wenger’s managerial reign and made 110 appearances for Arsenal in five seasons at the Emirates stadium.
However, the 68-year-old Wenger announced earlier this year that he will step down from his position at the end of this campaign.
There were plenty of names that were linked to replace Wenger at Arsenal as former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, current Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri were the three main candidates. But another Spaniard Mikel Arteta is the favorite to be unveiled as the Gunners boss.
According to news outlet Goal, former Spain midfielder Arteta will take over the job vacancy at Arsenal and is leading the position for the job. The 36-year-old most recently was the assistant coach to Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola as they clinched the Premier League title with record points.
Arteta is held in high regard by the Arsenal board as the club’s Chief Executive Officer Ivan Gazidis believes that a young manager will transition more energy and enthusiasm into the squad. The former Toffees man is expected to bring in his own backroom staff with hints of national compatriot Santi Cazorla set to join him as an assistant coach. The future of Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann remain uncertain amid Arteta being linked to Arsenal.
Although no contract has officially been signed between Arsenal and Arteta, the club is set to announce Arteta’s return to the Emirates in the next few days.
I doubt that too many of the Arsenal faithful were expecting this to be the case. Arteta has no managerial experience and the club will be taking a massive gamble if they are to recruit him as Wenger’s replacement. It’s a difficult job that Wenger has left for his successor and I don’t think Arteta is the right man for it.