- Arsenal and Tottenham offered Arteta coaching role
- Arteta completed UEFA Pro Licence in September
- Pep Guardiola credited Arteta for Raheem Sterling’s development
- Tottenham manager tips Arteta to be “exceptional coach”
- Arsenal preparing for Wenger departure with backroom staff overhaul
According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are lining up Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta to replace Arsene Wenger.
The 35-year-old turned down approaches from the Gunners and Tottenham last summer to join Pep Guardiola’s side who are now runaway Premier League leaders this season.
Arsene Wenger will be out of contract in 2019 but could leave next summer if the Gunners fail to finish in the top-four or win a trophy.
Arteta is one of many coaches named as a potential replacement, with ex-Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti joining AS Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim on Arsenal’s shortlist.
The London outfit have overhauled the backroom staff to prepare for Wenger’s eventual departure, appointing Sven Mislintat as Head of Recruitment and Raul Sanllehi as Head of Football Relations.
Arsenal have also strived to fill coaching roles with players who have represented the Gunners. Jen Lehmann returned as a first-team coach while Per Mertesacker will become Head of Academy next summer.
Arteta spent five years at Arsenal, making 150 appearances in al competitions between 2005 and 2011, and was club captain for his final two years at the Emirates Stadium.
After retiring last year, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City all tried to appoint the ex-midfielder as a first-team coach, but Guardiola was ultimately successful.
The City manager has credited Arteta for developing Raheem Sterling this season, with the 23-year-old scoring and creating 14 goals in 16 Premier League games.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has tipped the Spaniard to be “an exceptional coach” in the future too, and Arsenal clearly agree and want to bring him back to London as a result.