Manchester City will not be losing Mikel Arteta this summer with Arsenal instead deciding to appoint former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new manager, David Ornstein of the BBC reports.
BREAKING: Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as new manager. Thorough process produced 46yo Spaniard as unanimous choice. Available after leaving #PSG (1 Lg1 title, 4 cups), previously Sevilla (3 EL wins), not fluent English. Announcement + press conference likely later this week #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 21, 2018
Arteta had been widely reported to be Arsene Wenger’s replacement at the Emirates Stadium, with some going as far as to claim he was arranging his new backroom staff.
Instead, it will be the more experienced Emery who takes the Arsenal hot-seat, with Arteta now poised to remain on Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at City.
In his recent appearance on Monday Night Football, Guardiola gave some insight into the role Arteta has on the training pitch, specifically with his wingers.
“Mikel Arteta has helped Sané and Sterling to make a lot of actions near to the box,” Pep explained. “The qualities one against one, we say to the wingers when you receive the ball, if the control is good, the shape is good, go, go, it doesn’t matter if you lose the ball – try.”
It has been suggested by some that Arteta could replace Guardiola down the line, and the chances of that now may have been boosted by the news he isn’t joining Arsenal.
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