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.
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.
Wenger has talked Arteta up, calling him a leader and a person who knows the club following his stint at the Emirates.
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"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.
Xabi Alonso could make a return to the Premier League as part of Arsenal's backroom staff if Mikel Arteta becomes their next manager.
- Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) May 18, 2018
According to Express Sport, Arteta plans to appoint Xabi Alonso as part of his coaching staff. I feel he could be his assistant too. They are best friends and have known each other for ages. #afc
- LTArsenal:tm: (@ltarsenal) May 18, 2018
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...