Everything you need to know about Arteta




With Arsene Wenger bringing down the curtain on his 22 years at Arsenal on Sunday, the search is now on for his replacement at the Emirates.

Amid links with Massimiliano Allegriand Luis Enrique, it looks like one of the club's former players could be about to return to north London.

However, it won't be Patrick Vieira or Thierry Henry.

Mikel Arteta, who left the club two years ago to join Man City's coaching staff, is now the odds-on favourite with the bookies to take on the hotseat.

Talk of the Spaniard becoming the club's new manager has gone into overdrive over the past 24 hours, with some reports even claiming that he could be appointed on Friday.

Here's everything the fans need to know about the 36-year-old.

Mikel Arteta joined Pep Guardiola's coaching staff at Manchester City last summer (Image: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola issues update on Arteta's future

Following Manchester City's late win at Southampton on Sunday, Pep Guardiola issued an update about the future of his assistant amid links with the Arsenal job.

The former Barcelona manager even suggested that Arteta already has an offer on the table to depart the Etihad Stadium.

The Spaniard said: "If he decides to move because he has this offer, this option, I will not say you don’t have to go. I want the best for my friends, and he’s a friend of mine, and I want the best.

"If he decides to go, I will be so sad, but I will understand his decision, because it’s his career, his life, his family. And I am not right guy to say you don’t have to do that. But hopefully, hopefully he can stay and finish what we have started together.


"What we have done this season, Mikel [Arteta], his contribution was outstanding, amazing. We were together so good, all the staff, with Mikel. So if he stays I will be happiest guy in the world."

Guardiola on Arteta's coaching methods

Arteta has made quite the impression since becoming Guardiola's assistant boss at the start of the 2016/17 season.

As well as impressing many outside of the club, it's quite clear to see that he has had a significant impact on the training pitch.

According to Guardiola, Arteta's methods have seen Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane make a huge impression on the pitch over the course of the season.


"Arteta has helped them both to make a lot of actions near to the box," Guardiola said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football show. "The qualities one against one, we say to the wingers when you receive the ball, if the control is good, the shape is good, go, go, it doesn't matter if you lose the ball - try.

"They work after training sessions and drills close to the box with situations that are going to happen in the game to make them comfortable and make them believe more in what they have to do."

Arteta's importance to Guardiola

Man City's success this season is not entirely down to Guardiola's management skills.

Arteta, as well as the rest of the coaching team, have more than played their part in City winning the Premier League title and EFL Cup.

Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions as coach Mikel Arteta looks on. (Image: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Goal's Man City correspondent Sam Lee has detailed how important the ex-Everton man has been to the manager over the past two years.

As well as trusting him on the training pitch, it seems that Guardiola also has full faith in Arteta on a matchday.

In fact, Guardiola even trusted Arteta with taking charge of City against the Gunners in December 2016.

Trailing 1-0 to Theo Walcott's early goal, City turned the game on its head after the break with Sane and Sterling sealing a 2-1 win in Manchester.


Arteta on his influences and philosophy

Starting his career at Barcelona and finishing it at Arsenal, Arteta clearly knows how to play football.

The Spaniard has impressed wherever he has played, notably in his six years with Everton under David Moyes.

With Arteta always targeting a future in management, an interview with the Arsenal magazine prior to his retirement hints at how his side will play in the future.

"My philosophy will be clear," he said. "I want the football to be expressive, entertaining. I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition.


"We have to dictate the game, we have to be the ones taking the initiative, and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us. I’m 100 per cent convinced of those things, and I think I could do it.”

He added: "I will have everyone 120 per cent committed. That’s the first thing. If not, you don’t play for me.

"When it’s time to work it’s time to work, and when it’s time to have fun then I’m the first one to do it, but that commitment is vital."

Arteta's assistant

In preparation for a new manager coming in, Arsenal have had parted ways with a number of the club's coaching staff.

The likes of Neil Banfield, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac have all left their positions during the past few weeks - with physio Colin Lewin and equipment manager Paul Johnson the latest to be have been told they will be leaving.

Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann are still at the club, although they could well move on depending on who is appointed as manager.

If Arteta is indeed appointed as manager, Arsenal fans are pretty confident that it will be former Liverpool man Xabi Alonso sat alongside the Spaniard in the dugout.

Arteta up against Alonso in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park in 2006 (Image: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images))

The duo are firm friends from their time at Real Sociedad and they could well be reunited in north London.

How Arteta sees the game

After making a name for himself at Everton, Arteta moved to Arsenal on summer transfer deadline day in 2011.

Long before making the switch to the Emirates Stadium the Spaniard was an admirer of the style of play under Arsene Wenger and it's a clear sign as to how he sees the game.

"I've been a big admirer of the Arsenal philosophy: the way they play, the way they think that they have to do the job and its always exciting watching Arsenal play," he..

"I was a Barcelona boy, that was my first team, and they have exactly the same philosophy.

"In England there is no better team to watch than Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta in action (Image: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

"Hopefully I will not take long to adapt but obviously you need to meet new characters, new personalities and new players with different abilities so you need to pick that up as soon as possible to get an understanding on the pitch.

"But I have been watching a few videos and have got some work done before training and hopefully that will help me. I can't wait to start playing."

How Arsenal could look under Arteta

Arsenal are expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer as the club bid to regain their place in the Champions League.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan signed in January, the Gunners will be hoping to add a couple more additions ahead of the new season.

Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is going to play a big role in Arsenal's summer plans, with a number of Bundesliga players linked with a move to the Emirates at present.

Here's how our Arsenal reporter Charles Watts believes the Gunners could line up under Arteta come August.

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