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Xabi Alonso Could Be Mikel Arteta's Assistant At Arsenal

Xabi Alonso Could Be Mikel Arteta's Assistant At Arsenal

Rumours continue to swirl about who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

The French professor called time on his Arsenal career after enjoying 22 years in North London.

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Following his departure, the Gunners are on the search for a new gaffer.

A host of names have been linked with the job. Max Allegri and Željko Buvač, not to mention former players in Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.

And it's actually another ex-Arsenal player who continues to be heavily linked with the vacant hot-seat.

Enter; ex-captain Mikel Arteta.

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Arteta in action for Arsenal: Image: PA
Arteta in action for Arsenal: Image: PA
Arteta kisses the Arsenal badge. Image: PA
Arteta kisses the Arsenal badge. Image: PA

Wenger has talked Arteta up, calling him a leader and a person who knows the club following his stint at the Emirates.

"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.

Arsenal's managerial hunt goes on...

Topics: Football News, Football, Xabi Alonso, Arsenal, Mikel Arteta

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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