The search for Arsene Wenger’s successor at Arsenal rages on with the former Gunners captain Mikel Arteta being one of the front runners.
Arteta played under Wenger for five years at Arsenal winning two FA Cups in the process. He left the Gunners in 2016 when he retired. He was then hired by Manchester City to be an assistant coach under their new manager Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola has now stated that he wouldn’t prevent the Spaniard from leaving even though he really wants him to stay.
“What we have done this season, Mikel his contribution was outstanding, amazing, we work together so good,” said Guardiola.
“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.”
“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 the right guy to say you don’t have to do that.”
“But hopefully he can stay and finish what we started together in the upcoming years.”
Arteta would be an interesting appointment for Arsenal as he has no managerial experience, but after spending five years at Arsenal he knows the club well.