Arsenal are lining up their former player and now Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta as a future manager, Matt Law of the Telegraph reports.
Arteta is an assistant in Pep Guardiola’s multi-talented coaching staff at the Etihad and plays an important role in first-team affairs, learning directly from Guardiola himself.
The 35-year-old was offered a chance to remain at the Emirates after announcing his retirement, and was also approached by Tottenham, but decided to join Guardiola at Man City and learn his trade with the Catalan tactician.
His post-retirement snub has not affected Arsenal’s view of him and his success as part of Guardiola’s crew has made him a major candidate to eventually manage Arsenal when Arsene Wenger leaves the club.
City might see Arteta, along with another ex-Gunner Patrick Vieira, as a candidate succeed Guardiola, but with news that the club hope to retain Pep for up to a decade, it could be a long wait for Arteta and a move to Arsenal would make sense if he has ambitions of becoming a top manager in the sport.
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