Wenger backs Mikel Arteta to succeed him at Arsenal

Wenger backs Mikel Arteta to succeed him at Arsenal

They've been told that the Spaniard, who spent five years at the club from 2011-2016 as a player, is "90%" certain to replace Wenger. An answer to that question could move a step closer today as the Gunners plan discussions with a potential successor.

It is Arteta, however, who has now prevailed in recent days as the seemingly chosen candidate, despite his lack of any managerial experience. Arteta knows the importance of Cazorla in the team's dressing room, which could be vital in keeping the squad together.

Arsenal went on to have their unbeaten "Invincibles" campaign that following season, although Ronaldo's emergence helped Man United re-establish their dominance with the first of three straight Premier League titles in 2006-07.

ESPN's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Arsenal need to bring in several key defenders if the club is to challenge for sivlerware.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is reportedly set to hold talks with the club over the vacant manager's position, while the club has also had discussions with fellow former Gunners star Mikel Arteta.

"Overall he has the qualities but I don't want to influence that publicly".

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The reports that Mikel Arteta is now firmly in line to be named as the new Arsenal manager has provided the latest big piece of news to divide the Gunners' fanbase and draw widespread commentary from pundits. "I think he's always blowing his own trumpet", he said.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal failed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo as a teenager because they wouldn't match Manchester United's £12 million bid for Sporting CP starlet.

Arteta has only served as a coach at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola so far, but Wenger insists that Arsenal have experienced coaching personnel to guide the Spanish manager if he needs it.

But Steve Bould, Wenger's assistant since 2012, and goalkeeping coach Jens Lehmann will be offered posts in the new set-up.

On his Monday Night Football guest appearance, Pep gave some insight into the talent Arteta has developed as a coach, saying he has played a part in the improvements of wing wizards Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling.

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