Arsene Wenger has said that Mikel Arteta has all the right qualities to take over as Arsenal manager, should the club decide to appoint the Spaniard as Wenger’s replacement.
After Wenger announced that he was set to end his 22 year association with the Gunners, the headlines in pretty much every newspaper have focussed on who will ultimately replace him in the Emirates hot seat.
While there have been some high profile names such as Max Allegri, Thomas Tuchel and Luis Enrique, there have also been some more lesser experienced coaches linked, including Rui Faria and Zeljko Buvac.
However it seems as though the man of choice for the Gunners is former club captain Mikel Arteta, who has started his coaching under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
It is claimed that the Spaniard has already held talks with the club ahead of a potential summer appointment, and while Arsene Wenger refused to give his backing to one candidate or another, he did say that Arteta has the necessary qualities to take on the role. Speaking in a wide ranging interview with The Guardian, the Frenchman said:
“I don’t want to influence that decision – it’s important they make their choice in an objective way and I don’t want anything I say to be misconstrued.
“I know how you do these things – if I say something nice about somebody you will say I am backing him but this is not the case. For Arteta, does he have all the qualities to do the job? Yes.
“He was a leader and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well. He knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. So why not? But whoever they choose I will support.”