Arsenal to open talks with potential Wenger replacement today

May 18, 2018, 10:54
Arsenal to open talks with potential Wenger replacement today

Arteta has no previous managerial experience but he has worked as an assistant coach at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, which Wright sees as a major bonus.

Arsene Wenger believes his former captain Mikel Arteta has all the qualities and attributes need to succeed him at Arsenal ahead of next season.

Arsenal fans reacted to the news on social media in predictable fashion: with disbelief and disproportionate anger.

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GETTY Toby Alderweireld is set to leave Tottenham and is attracting interest from many top clubs

Arteta was the main creative lynchpin for Rangers, Everton and Arsenal during his playing career, whether as an attacking midfielder or in a deeper-lying capacity. That would have changed the history of my stay here as well'.

Arteta, 36, has emerged as the main favourite to take over from Wenger, who stepped down after 22 seasons in charge following a disappointing season in which Arsenal finished sixth and failed to qualify for the Champions League.

The Frenchman had Arsenal in the running to land the Portuguese star as he prepared to leave Sporting, but saw Manchester United beat him to a deal. Bundesliga as he turned around the club's fortunes.

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Players have been left particularly shocked by the departure of Lewin, with a number of the squad particularly close to the 44-year-old. Arteta meanwhile could bring in three of his staff additions if he is given the job.

Now behind Tottenham and Chelsea as London's top team, the aim will be for Arteta to restore Arsenal to their former glory and implement new ideas in the capital.

Fans can expect Arteta to approach managing with a similar commitment to hard work and tactical thinking, the lack of which many fans often complained Arsenal seemed to play with under Wenger. Arteta also has received tutelage from a man that many consider the best in the business today by assisting under Guardiola.

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Robert Pires has urged Arsenal to consider Patrick Vieira as the man to take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal as he has all the qualities required to thrive at the home of the Gunners.

It's certainly become a frustration for Arsenal fans, not to mention the players, who have grown exhausted of waiting according to goalkeeper David Ospina.

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