Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Mikel Arteta given Arsene Wenger backing for Arsenal job

Mikel Arteta given Arsene Wenger backing for Arsenal job

Arteta has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to succeed Wenger in the past few days with Arsenal having now interviewed all the main candidates.

The 36-year-old Spaniard - who played 150 matches under Wenger at Arsenal - is imbued with the spirt of the Gunners, added Wenger, although the Frenchman was at pains to say he didn't wish to influence the board's decision. "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 board are keeping Arsenal fans in the dark about the proceedings taking place to choose a new manager after Arsene Wenger's departure so why Henry has been made an option so late in the search is unclear.

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"He knows what is important at the club".

Appointing him would carry numerous same pros and cons that hiring Arteta would bring-either would be a young, exciting choice who could bring fresh ideas into the club, which they know well, but their lack of experience makes it hard to assess how successful they might be.

As things stand, it appears Wenger's assistant Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann, the former goalkeeper who was recruited to the coaching staff just last summer, will remain under the new manager.

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But Wenger said he will not get involved in the selection process as Arsenal look to appoint his successor.

The 36-year-old, who played with Arsenal for five seasons, is now Pep Guardiola's assistant manager at Manchester City and has fulfilled that role for the last two seasons.

Mikel Arteta is now the assistant coach at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.

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