Incoming Man City boss closing on reunion with Arsenal star

Mikel Arteta is said to have been ‘sounded out‘ to join Pep Guardiola’s coaching set-up at Manchester City for the upcoming season.

The Spanish boss agreed to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season, and is expected to make wholesale changes at the Etihad on his arrival.

As well as raiding a number of clubs for their top stars, Pep is now said to be looking to steal Arsenal’s captain, with the midfielder considering hanging up his boots at the end of the term.

The 34 year-old has managed only eight substitute appearances this term, and after a number of foot and ankle injuries in recent years, looks likely to to end his playing career at the end of his Arsenal deal.

Arteta had been tipped to continue with the club in a possible coaching capacity, but he could be set to follow in the steps of fellow former Gunners captain Patrick Vieira, and begin his backroom role with City instead.

The former Everton star is friends with Guardiola having emerged through the ranks at Barcelona’s prestigious youth academy together, but is also said to have ties with near rivals Tottenham’s manager Mauricio Pochettino. Joining Spurs would surely be unforgivable for our fans however, not that him snubbing a coaching role at the Emirates in favour of any other Premier League club would go down well.

Whatever does happen for Arteta after this season, he will almost certain be given one last outing in an Arsenal shirt, and get the respectable send-off he deserves for his five-year service to the club.

How many of you would be disgusted if he joined Pochettino’s backroom at White Hart Lane, and how many would not be fazed as long as he is not joining their playing squad?

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  1. Arteta seems like a decent candidate to become a good Arsenal coach. He seems a better one than most Gunners Iv seen come and go over the last decade. Last thing we need is manc poaching another former Arsenal player with bags of experience. Vieira, I hope will come back to us one day. Arteta I think will pick up his badges with us, I think he’s already started. No chance of him going to spu unless they offered him the hot seat which they wont do. I can see why Pep would want him, so the rumour may be true. He knows the country and the league, he speaks Wenger amount of languages, and he’s a very bright dude.

  2. i don’t think arteta is a good choice for ever being a manager at arsenal
    v need a manager who puts his demands in a more aggressive way..
    arteta is of similar nature to wenger happy and satisfied with what he got
    henry bergkamp are best choices loved by fans much aggressive in approch

  3. Wenger kept a whole
    host of mediocre payers
    because they never challenge
    him or demand to win titles.
    Ospina Mertesacker Monreal Gibbs
    Diarby Arteta Flamini Rosicky Ramsey
    Chamberlain Walcott Giroud Sanogo
    are happy picking up their 80/90/100k p/w knowing
    they will never get sold if they play well or not.
    Leicester winning the title is likely to reinforce this thinking.

    1. It makes me wish I had a trial at Arsenal about the same time as Flamini did, for one Wenger might of actually gave me a chance, and two, I would have ended a few players careers.

  4. Not really bothered what Mikel Arteta will do after he leaves (if he ever does, under Wenger you never know) because right now we have much bigger problems to deal with (Stan, Wenger and his followers) …
    Show the banners …
    # Change is a must
    # Wenger out
    # Stan out

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