Mikel Arteta could soon once again don the Arsenal colors!
Only this time, however, the Spaniard’s duties will be towered off the pitch rather than on it as the former Gunners midfielder has been identified as Arsenal’s next potential candidate to replace Arsene Wenger by Wenger himself!
According to reports from English Daily Mirror, the Arsenal head coach is apparently pondering on his future at the club and could potentially quit the job at the end of this season.
The 68-year-old could cut short his current two-year contract and instead, move into the boardroom this summer, as per the rumor.
However, should that happen, the Frenchman would want his own man to be installed as his successor and as it happens, Mikel Arteta is being lined up as future Arsenal manager.
The former Real Sociedad midfielder has played for the Gunners for five years after moving to the Emirates in 2011 for a fee of €12m. He instantly became a vital cog in the Arsenal midfield, amassing over 2,500 minutes in each of his first three seasons.
His maturity and composure helped him get appointed as the Arsenal captain for his final two years at the club, even though, he wasn’t a constant feature in the starting eleven during that period. He eventually retired from the club at the end of the 2015-16 season before kick-starting his coaching career at Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta has so far impressed as the co-assistant of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, where the Sky Blues are basically running away with the title at the halfway point of the season.
Choosing Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City over Arsenal(he was offered a place in the coaching staff just after his retirement) and Tottenham(which he denied for obvious reasons), was a big decision for the 35-year-old.
The sheer tactical brilliance of the Catalan boss has helped Arteta learn new and creative ways of playing the possession-based football. Arsenal, themselves are known for being a very ball oriented team who likes to have possession.
Therefore, appointment Mikel Arteta as the head coach could be logical when it comes to the tactical aspect of the game as well as stylistic environments.
In the new age of football, the young managers are making quite a mark with coaches like Julian Nagelsmann, Domenico Tedesco, Sean Dyche all making quite an impact at their respective club.
Instead of relying on experience, taking the creative route and installing Mikel Arteta as the head coach could be a welcome change, especially for the Premier League as well as Arsenal.
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