Mikel Arteta Favourite to Become the Next Arsenal Manager
Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has now been instilled as a strong favourite to take over from Arsene Wenger as the new gunners boss. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is understood to be keen on continuity rather than radical changes. After having been under the stewardship of Wenger for more than two decades, it would be a massive risk for Arsenal to undergo a change in philosophy. Arteta, who has played under Wenger for five years, has been working as an assistant manager under Pep Guardiola, perhaps the best in the business, at Manchester City.
It would be a huge gamble from Arsenal to appoint the 36-year-old, who has no managerial experience. Meanwhile, Patrick Vieira has expressed his disappointment at not being taken seriously for the role as Arsenal manager. Vieira is one of the iconic names in Arsenal’s history and he has been getting first-hand managerial experience in the MLS. The New York City manager is understood to have been keen on becoming the next Arsenal manager.
Arteta picked up the FA Cup with the gunners and later turned out to be the captain of the team towards the tail end of his career.
Arsenal are understood to be keen on making their decision before the World Cup begins. The tournament fever has already set in with several Arsenal players set to feature for their respective nations. If Arteta does arrive, he would be in charge of a group that comprises of his former teammates like Mesut Ozil. The latest World Cup tips expect the German midfielder to make a full recovery from his back injury.
Even though Arteta is the initial frontrunner for the job, he is not the only candidate in consideration. Gazidis is also looking at Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, and Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann as potential options.
The incoming manager will have to assemble a new team of assistants, as Arsene Wenger’s departure has been followed by the exit of his coaching staff.