Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

EPL: Wenger approves Arteta replacing him as Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger: Mikel Arteta has quality to become Arsenal manager Arsenal to open talks with Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta on Thursday
Lucia Summers | 17 May, 2018, 21:06

The English club finished sixth in the Premier League in the 2017-18 season and is linked with former midfielder Mikel Arteta to be their new manager.

Arsenal have been engaging with many reported managerial targets since Arsene Wenger announced his intention to leave Arsenal.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has become increasingly convinced that the Spaniard, now Pep Guardiola's assistant coach at Manchester City, is the right man for the job.

However Max Allegri, Luis Enrique and Joachim Low appeared to have all dropped out of the race. Arteta assisted Pep Guardiola at Manchester City in the recently concluded season as the club won the EPL title with a record 100 points.

His appointment would be a bold move for an otherwise conservative board at Arsenal.

Jean-Louis Gasset has subsequently led the club to eighth place in Ligue 1 with one game of the season remaining, but that has not prevented Saint-Etienne from making an approach for Wenger.

Arsenal meanwhile have sacked all their backroom staff, including the medical team except goalkeeping coach Jens Lehmann and Wenger's assistant Steve Bould as the side continues to clear the decks for the new management.

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Only time will tell whether Arteta will even join Arsenal and whether he will be the manager that Arsenal need him to be.

Arsenal are consistently ranked in the top ten wealthiest clubs in the world and have amassed some world-class attacking talent as a result.

Something that might soften the blow for Arsenal fans who don't wish to see Arteta take over is the decision he will reportedly make on Santi Cazorla.

There is an absolute belief that Cazorla's best days as a player could be behind him following his return from an injury which had him sidelined since October 2016. Arteta knows the importance of Cazorla in the team's dressing room, which could be vital in keeping the squad together.

Mikel Arteta is now widely expected to be the man tasked with filling the void left by Wenger, but it is said that the Spaniard has not been consulted regarding the signing of the Turkish defender.

Lampard has offered his backing to the 36-year-old, suggesting Arsenal have made a fine choice as they look to appoint Wenger's successor.

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