4 Reasons To Believe That 'Arteta To Arsenal' Story
Arsenal fans are worried about the future of their club with the news that former midfielder, Mikel Arteta is set to become their next manager after Arsene Wenger.
The Spaniard is just 36 years old, he only went into coaching few years ago and has only been an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
How do you hand over the future of a club like Arsenal to a rookie manager like that?
Whether the decision is right or not, Arsenal fans should know by now that the board cares less about their views.
And there are signs that the views and signs that matter seem to be in the board’s favour.
So, here are few signs that Arteta may be the man.
1. Wenger supports his choice
We will not be naïve enough to believe that since Arsene Wenger has left the job, his opinion won’t matter any longer.
Particularly regarding the choice of his successor, the French man’s view is of great importance and he believes the Manchester City coach has the "qualities" required to succeed him at Arsenal.
"He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think he as well is one of the favourites," Wenger told beIN SPORTS.
"He was a leader and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why not?
"I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like Steve Bould who has six years' experience, and Jens Lehmann too. He [Arteta] has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities."
2. Guardiola also said yes
You would think Arteta’s engagement to Manchester City would be a barrier to such move but his boss already says he "wants the best" for his collaborator.
Pep Guardiola insists he will not stand in Mikel Arteta's way if the Manchester City coach is offered the Arsenal manager's job.
"If he stays, I will be the happiest guy in the world," Guardiola said after City's 1-0 win over Southampton.
"If he decides to move because he has this offer, this option, I will not say 'you don't have to go'. I want the best for my friends, and he's a friend of mine, and I want the best.
"If he decides to go, I will be so sad, but I will understand his decision, because it's his career, his life, his family, and I am not the right guy to say 'you don't have to do that'.
"But, hopefully, hopefully he can stay and finish what we have started together in the coming years."
3. Other contenders are falling off
No disrespect to Mikel Arteta, he has the values that qualify him for the Arsenal job, but seriously, it has become an easy decision because the bigger names seem out of the race.
Juventus head coach, Massimiliano Allegri, simply ruled himself out after he said he was happy to stay in Turin if he is not sacked by the Italian champions.
Former Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique also seemed to have been dropped after it was reported that Arsenal head of football relations, Raul Sanllehi, warned the club off Enrique following their time together at Barcelona.
Names like Patrick Vieira never seemed like serious options.
4. Arteta wants the job
Report has that the former Gunners midfielder has agreed in principle to replace Arsene Wenger and become the new manager at Arsenal.
Goal reports that Mikel Arteta's return to the club is set to be announced in the coming days as he prepares to replace Arsene Wenger
It added that while no contract has yet been signed, the announcement was imminent.
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