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Replacing Arsene Wenger has presented a major conundrum for Arsenal as they are yet to have a breakthrough in their quest to appoint a successor for their out-gone legendary manager.
Following the sudden retirement of Arsene Wenger, it is expected that an experienced manager will take over at the helms of the club but surprisingly, Mikel Arteta has emerged as front-runner for the Gunners managerial job, according to various report.
Mikel Arteta switched Everton for Arsenal on the transfer deadline day of 2011 – while he was never called up to play in the Spanish national team, Arsene Wenger rates the former defensive midfielder highly in his side.
Pep Guardiola was appointed as the manager of Manchester City two seasons ago and he chose Arteta to assist him. Albeit Guardiola has earned plaudits for leading City to a record breaking Premier League title winning season, he has also reserved some praises for Arteta.’
Arteta has never hidden his desire to become a coach and Arsene Wenger revealed two years ago that the Spaniard has every attribute to succeed as a coach.
“First of all he was the captain of the team, so he has leadership qualities,” the boss told Arsenal Player. “He is a winner and he is focused every day to do well.
“He has an impact on his partners. That is a little bit difficult to explain sometimes, but I believe he is highly focused on football. He has a passion, like Spanish people do, for the game.
“When you get to 30 you start to envisage your life and your future without playing football. Slowly it matures inside you and there was never a doubt in my mind, the way I see him behave every day, that he would finish in football, and I think he will do very well.” According to Arsenal.com.
Arsenal fans are heavily divided as to the appointment of Arteta as it is given that he has not first hand experience. Nonetheless, Ivan Gazidis is looking for a head coach and not a manager.
Luis Enrique and Massimiliano Allegri have featured prominent on the list of target but their demands appear to have put Arsenal off.
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