Manchester City have been left ‘annoyed’ by Arsenal’s conduct following the club’s pursuit of assistant coach Mikel Arteta.
The North London side have identified Arteta as a chief candidate to fill their vacant position as head coach, the club seeking a replacement for the sacked Unai Emery following their disappointing start to the season.
Arsenal have won just once in their past 12 fixtures in all competitions and are keen to make a managerial appointment as swiftly as possible ahead of the upcoming January transfer window, with development coach Freddie Ljungberg having taken the position on an interim basis in recent weeks.
The club have held talks with Arteta about the role, though according to the Telegraph, City have been left ‘annoyed’ and ‘bemused’ by the club’s approach, senior executives from Arsenal not taking the chance to speak to the 37-year-old following the meeting between the two sides on Sunday.
Instead, managing director Vinai Venketesham and director of football operations Huss Fahmy, travelled to Manchester following the clash for talks at Arteta’s home, which did not end until 1:20 am on Monday morning.
Man City are believed to be accepting of Arteta’s departure, with manager Pep Guardiola understanding his assistant’s desire to develop his career and fulfil his ambitions with a move into senior management.
Arsenal have held talks with several candidates, though the club’s former captain is the frontrunner. The Gunners are believed to want a new head coach who has a strong understanding of both the club and Premier League, along with a good grasp of English in order to communicate with the squad and media.
Arteta fits the criteria having spent five seasons as a player at the Emirates before his retirement and move into coaching, where he has formed part of the backroom staff that has won back-to-back Premier League titles in Manchester.
His lack of experience would make his appointment a bold move from the Arsenal hierarchy, though he is highly regarded at the club and at City with hopes high that he would prove a long-term success.