Manchester City Give Mikel Arteta Permission to Talk to Arsenal
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The Spaniard is currently on the coaching staff with the Premier League champions but is a strong favourite to take the Arsenal job, and Sky Blues manager Pep Guardiola and director of football Txiki Begiristain have given him their blessing to move on, per Jose Gonzalez of Sport.
The report added Arteta, 36, is eager to take up the opportunity having played for the Gunners between 2011 and 2016 and that he is “in talks” with Arsenal.
The former midfielder has been assistant manager at City since he called time on his playing career but he has never held a senior management post.
As a result, some have questioned the wisdom of him succeeding Wenger at Arsenal after the Frenchman’s near 22-year reign at the club, per BBC Radio 5 Live:
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Giving Mikel Arteta the @Arsenal job is “too much of a risk” says former Man Utd no.2, René Meulensteen.
Others have backed the potential appointment, per The Independent’s Miguel Delaney:
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Personally think Arteta a better choice than some older coaches who have now been round the block. They don’t need stability. What’s being stabilised? They need energy.
Wenger’s departure is set to cause an upheaval at Arsenal no matter who takes over.
Others linked to the the job have included Juventus‘ Max Allegri, former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, Gunners legend Patrick Vieira, Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann, Germany boss Joachim Low and Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli, per Matt Law in the Telegraph.
However, in recent days Arteta has become the clear front runner.
It was revealed earlier this week that Arsenal have undergone a major clear-out of backroom staff to make way for the new manager’s team, per Steve Stammers and Sami Mokbel in the Daily Mail.
Despite his inexperience there are obvious reasons why Arteta would be a good replacement for the long-serving Wenger.
As a recent player and captain at the Emirates Stadium he is sure to understand the culture and style at the club, while he will also command the respect of the dressing room, many of whom he played alongside.
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May 18, 2018 at 01:30AM