Arsenal will be holding contract talks with ex-player Mikel Arteta with the hope that he can succeed outgoing Arsene Wenger this summer.
The former Gunners midfielder is the leading candidate to take over from Wenger and has been cut by bookmakers to make him the favourite to get the job. If appointed, Arsenal bosses are prepared to hand him £50m for the summer transfer window.
It is understood by Sky Sports News that Arsenal are going to ask some of their senior players to help in choosing a new manager, ensuring he will get the backing of the squad. These players will be involved in the talks that will also include chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.
Gazidis would like the incoming boss to take on a head coach role rather than a management title to fit in with the club’s new management structure. But, Arteta would be allowed to bring in his own backroom staff.
Arteta is currently the assistant coach at Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola has been quoted as saying that he would not get in the Spaniard’s way should he be offered the Arsenal job.
During his time in an Arsenal shirt, Arteta made over 100 appearances after being signed from Everton for £10m in 2011, scoring 14 goals. But it is work rate and ability in creating chances that made him a hero in North London. He took on the captain’s armband in 2014, and quickly made it his own before his retirement in 2016.
The Gunners are wanting to move quickly, and will ideally have made an appointment before the World Cup begins on 14th June.