Arteta emerges as clear favorite for Arsenal job

17 May, 2018, 03:18 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Patrick Vieira New York City

Mikel Arteta looks to be winning the race to become Arsenal's new manager, amid reports of the players being told that he is "90 per cent" certain to take charge.

Arteta who has been Pep Guardiola's right-hand man, assisting the Spaniard to lead Manchester City to the Premier League title is keen on returning to the Emirates after working with Guardiola just two years.

Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann, who emerged as a frontrunner for the post this week, seems to staying put also after the club's director of football released a statement confirming the 30-year-old would be going nowhere.

Arteta has been heavily touted with landing the role at Arsenal since it was announced that Arsene Wenger would be leaving the club. He will be hungry to impress in his first managerial job, he knows the club inside out after spending the latter stages of his playing days as club captain and his coaching philosophy aligns with that of his hero, Guardiola, who he's helped to develop one of the greatest teams soccer has ever seen over the past 12 months.

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GETTYArsene Wenger ended his Arsenal reign with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield last Sunday

It is now seen as highly unlikely that Arsenal would be able to come to an agreement with Juventus' Max Allegri and in the meantime talks with Arteta and his representatives have reached the point where he has named potential staff and the financial package required.

Arteta has come out of left-field a little, especially with no prior managerial experience, but in many regards he would be the flawless choice to not only replace Wenger but keep the playing style and culture he cultivated intact.

Arteta is reportedly fully aware of Arsenal's interest, and will accept the opportunity if the club offers it to him.

The English publication also added that Massimiliano Allegri, Luis Enrique and Joachim Low have all dropped out of the race to replace Wenger.

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