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Mikel Arteta given Arsene Wenger backing for Arsenal job

18 May 2018

Talk of Wenger taking over from current boss Jean-Louis Gasset reflects a sense of discontent within the club and suggests next season they will be pushing for champions league qualification. An answer to that question could move a step closer today as the Gunners plan discussions with a potential successor.

Club captain Per Mertesacker will now retire from his playing duties and assume a new role as manager of Arsenal's academy, whilst fellow centre back Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out until December with his Achilles injury.

Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign and the Gunners have struggled to challenge for the top-flight trophy in recent seasons.

Guardiola has already admitted that he will not stand in Arteta's way should he decide to take on his first role in football management.

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Now, it is reported that Thierry Henry will meet with Arsenal bosses to discuss the job, but again it is unlikely the inexperienced assistant boss of Belgium has much of a hope of pipping Arteta at this stage.

"[Arteta] has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities". The Turkish worldwide will hope to be a vital cog in the Arsenal set-up and impress his new manager, no matter who gets the nod.

According to Goal, Arteta's in-depth knowledge of City's opponents and his ability to adopt a strategy to defeat Wenger, his former manager, was a key reason why Guardiola chose to place the Spaniard in charge for that game in December 2016.

"He said years ago if his name was Sam Allardici, "I'd have one of the top jobs".

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Mikel Arteta is now widely expected to be the man tasked with filling the void left by Wenger, but it is said that the Spaniard has not been consulted regarding the signing of the Turkish defender.

Arsenal are said to want to make the appointment before the start of the 2018 Soccer World Cup in Russian Federation on June 14.

Wenger continued: "I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like Steve Bould who has six years experience, and Jens Lehmann too".

On his Monday Night Football guest appearance, Pep gave some insight into the talent Arteta has developed as a coach, saying he has played a part in the improvements of wing wizards Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling.

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Mikel Arteta given Arsene Wenger backing for Arsenal job