Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta has 'qualities' to be Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta has 'qualities' to be Arsenal manager

The club are undertaking an extensive process to determine Arsene Wenger's replacement at the helm, following the Frenchman's departure after 22-years in charge.

The Gunners' swoop to take their former midfielder from Manchester City gathered pace yesterday as talks began over who will make up the Spaniard's backroom team.

"He has been an assistant of (City manager Pep) Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities".

Premier League giants, Arsenal, are in early negotiations with Borussia Dortmund to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann were all mentioned as potential managerial candidates.

"If the club had asked my opinion I would have given it".

Arteta has always been in the picture, but is not a popular choice among the supporters of the club, who were seeking a high profile appointment.

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Charlie Nicholas believes that Arsene Wenger "disrespected" Alexandre Lacazette by dropping him for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal this season.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis and director Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan, have already spoken to Patrick Vieira, who is working as head coach of MLS side NY city FC about the job.

"Mikel Arteta has helped them both to make a lot of actions near to the box", Guardiola explained.

Gazidis wants the successful candidate to fulfil a head coach role to fit into the club's new management structure.

It is expected that a new manager for Arsenal will be announced before the start of the world cup in June.

The Frenchman is reportedly in the running alongside Mikel Arteta - both players are yet to experience management, but are now assistants.

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