Manchester City fighting to hang on to assistant amid Everton and Arsenal interest – report

Manchester City face a fight to hang on to assistant coach Mikel Arteta with interest growing around the Premier League in giving him a managerial position, the Sunday Mirror reports.

Arteta joined Pep Guardiola’s talented backroom staff after retiring as a player following a five-year spell at Arsenal. The Spaniard turned down coaching positions from the Gunners and North London rivals Tottenham to learn from the best – Pep Guardiola.

And word is now spreading about Arteta’s impact as one of Guardiola’s assistant, with the Sunday Mirror revealing that Everton, his former club, considered him before opting for the experienced hands of Sam Allardyce.

And Arsenal have been previously reported as viewing the 35-year-old as a potential manager for the post-Arsene Wenger era, which is now likely to be sooner rather than later.

Arteta is said to be happy at City, but would one day like to become a manager. City may view him as a candidate to replace Guardiola in the long-term, but the club are hoping to hold on to Pep for up to a decade if possible and Arteta may choose to follow a different path before then.

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