Manchester City on verge of losing Mikel Arteta with ‘90% chance’ of Arsenal move – report

Manchester City are poised to lose one of Pep Guardiola’s trusted assistants, Mikel Arteta, with the Spaniard close to replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, according to a host of reports.

The Wednesday edition of the Daily Mail claims that Arsenal players have been told that there is now a ’90 per cent chance’ that 36-year-old Arteta will be the new man in charge after his main rival, Juventus’ Max Allegri, opted to stay in Turin.

Arteta is very highly regarded at the Etihad and was a key member of Guardiola’s coaching staff that led to a record-breaking, double-winning campaign this year. It has even been suggested that he could ultimately replace Guardiola when the Catalan decides to move on.

Guardiola promised he would not stand in the way of Arteta should an offer from Arsenal arrive, which it now appears certain to unless any late change of heart. Arteta is the preferred candidate of chief executive Ivan Gazidis and director Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports that with rival candidates dropping out of contention, Arteta’s appointment could be fast-tracked, with the former midfielder, who has never managed a team before, on the verge of landing a huge job.

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