Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Mikel Arteta Nears Arsenal Manager Job; Players Told of Impending Arrival

Mikel Arteta Nears Arsenal Manager Job; Players Told of Impending Arrival

Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis favours Mikel Arteta as departing manager Arsene Wenger's replacement.

The Spaniard, 36, fits perfectly into the Gunners' long-term vision of how the club will be run after 22 years of Wenger's management.

Arteta is keen on an Emirates return after two years working as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City.

Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann, who emerged as a frontrunner for the post this week, seems to staying put also after the club's director of football released a statement confirming the 30-year-old would be going nowhere. That's no mean feat given the tactical nous needed to not only understand but help players understand what Pep wants.

Arsene Wenger Arsenal training
GETTYArsenal are looking for Arsene Wenger's successor

With candidates dropping by the wayside, the path appears to be clearing for Arteta to take over at the club where he spent five seasons as a player. He was a player who could see passes others couldn't and was respected wherever he went as he played in a more advanced role at Everton but returned to a more defensive role in central midfield at Arsenal.

Luis Enrique's position as the main candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger in Arsenal have failed due to the coach's high wage demands, while Juventus coach Massimilano Allegr said he would accept Arsenal's proposal but on the one condition- hierarchy over their power structure and transfer policy.

According to Sportsmail, it is believed the Gunners are 90% certain that their former midfielder Mikel Arteta will replace Wenger as manager.

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