Revealed: Manchester City’s stance on coach Mikel Arteta amid Arsenal interest

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta has been an important member of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff since the City boss arrived, and his contributions have earned the attention of Premier League clubs.

Everton were said to have considered him before settling on the experience of Sam Allardyce, and now according to Sky Sports News, he is CEO Ivan Gazidis’ pick for the upcoming managerial vacancy at Arsenal.

Gazidis has opposition with head of football operations, Raul Sanllehi, and head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, wanting different managers, but The Times also backs up the claim that Arteta, 36, is a leading candidate for the role.

And according to Matt Hughes of The Times, Manchester City would not stand in Arteta’s way if he is offered the Arsenal job. The former midfielder is a potential successor to Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, but with Pep going nowhere any time soon, the chance to coach Arsenal would be enticing.

Patrick Vieira, also on the books of the City group at New York City FC, is another candidate for the job, while Luis Enrique is the marquee option but his salary demands, which would put him on similar money to what Pep Guardiola earns now, may be more than Arsenal are willing to pay.

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