According to David Ornstein of the BBC, former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is likely to be named the club’s next manager, taking over from Arsene Wenger, who was at the helm for over two decades.
The former Spanish midfielder hung up his playing boots in 2016 before joining Pep Guardiola’s setup at Manchester City to be one of his assistant coaches at the Etihad Stadium. Over their two-season relation in England, Arteta is believed to have picked up the nuances of football management and has also impressed Guardiola with his profound knowledge about the game.
Speaking about Arteta’s Arsenal links and his impact to the first team at City, Guardiola said: “What we have done this season, Mikel his contribution was outstanding, amazing, we work together so good. If he stays I will be the happiest guy in the world and if he decides to move because he has this offer, this option, I will not say you do not have to go. I want the best for my friends and he’s a friend of mine.”
The Arsenal board have made certain changes regarding the operations of the club by roping in Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment, Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations, Huss Fahmy as contract negotiator and Darren Burgess as director of high performance. Per Mertesacker, who retired this season, will look after the youth development in the club’s academy.
This new structure is made perfectly for a coach rather than a manager to take over and work only with the first team and stay out of matters that aren’t pertaining to it. Wenger had a lot of power at the club and had a say on almost everything that happened at the club. While this worked for a while, it seems that CEO Ivan Gazidis and the Stan Kroenke believe that this is the way to take the club in the right direction.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is still in the mix, but he has stated on several occasions that he is happy with life at the club, which makes a move to the Emirates Stadium highly unlikely this summer.