Former Arsenal captain and Manchester City assistant manager, Mikel Arteta is set to be unveiled as the new manager of the London club.
It is understood that Arteta has had talks with Arsenal officials after Manchester City had given the go-ahead.
Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal’s chief executive and the clubs lawyer Huss Fahmy were seen leaving Arteta’s home at about 1.20 am on Monday morning. This was before a reported two-and-a-half-hour meeting with the Spanish coach who has yet to hold a management position of his own.
Arteta was the strongest contender after the departure of Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018 though Unai Emery was appointed for the gunner’s job.
With the north London club considering appointing the 37-year-old, several bookmakers have closed their betting markets on Arteta becoming Unai Emery’s successor at Arsenal.
Arteta will not be unaware of the huge task ahead of him, after all, he was on man city bench when they dismantled Freddie Ljungberg lead Arsenal by three goals at the Emirates Stadium last Sunday. The swede had won just one game since taking over as caretaker manager after the exit of Unai Emery.
There are reports that City might try to tempt Arteta to remain with them, in the hope that he will take over from Guardiola when he decides to leave the club.
“He’s an important, important part of the team, but if it happens, it will happen,” said Guardiola, as he was asked to comment on Arteta’s links with Arsenal on Sunday. “When he wants to talk we are open to talk but it’s private, I don’t want to make things uncomfortable.”
Several coaches have been linked with Arsenal job since the sack of Emeri last month. Carlo Ancelotti, Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino were said to have been in race to land the job, yet it appears Arteta is now emerging as their first choice to land the role.