Mikel Arteta Has 'Agreed In Principle' To Become The New Manager At Arsenal
Mikel Arteta has reportedly agreed to replace Arsene Wenger, and become the new Arsenal manager.
Goal's Arsenal correspondent Chris Wheatley is claiming a deal for Arteta to take charge of Arsenal is nearing a completion.
Mikel Arteta set to become next Arsenal manager. The Spaniard has already influenced the departure of Colin Lewin who leaves the club after 23 years. https://t.co/GDUyja2b2j
- Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) May 18, 2018
Arteta, 36, enjoyed a stint at the Emirates from 2004 to 2012 following a switch from Everton.
And Wenger has talked up the Spanish midfielder: "He was a leader, has good passion for the game, knows the club and knows what is important at the club," he told beIn Sports.
"Overall he has the qualities but I don't want to influence that publicly.
"I believe it is important they make their choice in an objective way and after made that decision I will support him."
Further reports in Spain suggest Arteta could lure Xabi Alonso back to England, and hire him as his assistant at Arsenal should he be appointed on a full-time basis.
Alonso is seeking for a opportunity in football management, while first earning his UEFA A and B licences as a No.2.
Alonso and Arteta go way back.
Childhood friends who both grew up together in San Sebastian before joining amateur Spanish outfit Antiguoko, who serve as a feeder club for Real Sociedad.
An official announcement is expected in the next few days.