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Confirmed: Mikel Arteta swaps Arsenal for Manchester City

Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola

Mikel Arteta has retired from football and joined Manchester City as part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff.

It’s long been speculated that Arteta would take a role at City and join his Spanish counterpart and today he confirmed that he will take up a role as part of the coaching staff.

Mikel Arteta said in his statement:

“I am now looking forward to the challenge ahead at Manchester City. The opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and his team was an amazing opportunity for me and I am incredibly excited for the future.

“Throughout my career I have always been interested in more than just the playing side and have had a passion for helping progress and developing the team outside of just my own role as a player.

“Coaching has always been something I have been keen to go into and over the past few years I have worked hard off the pitch as well as on it to develop my skills in order to put me in a position to be able to pursue a coaching role once I finished playing.

“I have been lucky enough to play under some amazing coaches and managers during my playing career and I hope to use elements of everything I have learnt from them as well as experience from my own playing career to help City achieve success.”

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