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Arsenal are set to unveil Mikel Arteta as their new manager after he reached an agreement to succeed Arsene Wenger, reports say.
Arteta, who spent five years at the Emirates as a player, emerged as the top candidate to replace Wenger after Massimiliano Allegri reiterated his commitment to Juventus.
Former Arsenal captain Arteta has spent the last two years working as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City – the new Premier League champions allowed him to talk to Arsenal earlier in the week.
The Gunners identified Arteta, 36, as a young and vibrant coach who could bring fresh ideas and energy to the club after a difficult few seasons under Wenger.
And according to Goal, he has agreed a deal in principle to become the next manager of Arsenal, with the announcement of his return set to be made in the coming days. On Thursday, Wenger said Arteta had ‘all the qualities’ needed to succeed as Gunners boss.
Speaking to beIN Sport, the 68-year-old said: ‘He has all the qualities to do the job and I have seen as well he is one of the favourites.
‘He was a leader, has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, knows what is important at the club.
He was captain of the club so why not?’ Wenger also stressed that Arteta’s lack of experience – this will be his first job in management – should not be held against him.
‘I left a lot of experience behind me,’ he added. ‘People who were with me like Steve Bould for six years, Jens Lehmann as well. Unfortunately some other staff have left.
‘As well he [Arteta] has been the assistant of Guardiola. I don’t want to influence that [decision] publicly.
‘It is important they make that choice in an objective way and after that I will support him.’
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