Mikel Arteta And His Will Be At The Emirate Stadium This Week

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Report making the round claims Arsenal are edging closer in signing a replacement for Arsene Wenger with report suggesting Mikel Arteta could be his replacement.

The former Gunners captain, who retired as a player in 2016, has been working as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for the past two years.

But Ivan Gazidis is pushing to bring him back to north London as Wenger’s successor, with a deal believed to be close to being agreed.

In preparation for a new manager coming in, Arsenal have been busy clearing the decks at the training ground – with several coaching staff having been let go.

The likes of Neil Banfield, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac have all left their positions during the past few weeks – with physio Colin Lewin and equipment manager Paul Johnson the latest to be have been told they will be leaving.

Steve Bould has been Wenger’s assistant since 2012 and Arsenal are hoping that he will stay around in some capacity to work with the new regime, but it is understood he is keeping his options open.

So Arteta, if he does get the job, is expected to bring in his own No.2 and Arsenal fans already think they know who will be sitting beside the Spaniard on the Emirates bench.

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