Mikel Arteta can take the Arsenal job with Pep Guardiola blessing

Pep Guardiola insists that Mikel Arteta has his blessing if he wants to take Arsenal job.

Arteta is one of the candidates to take over from sacked Unai Emery as the next permanent Arsenal manager.

The Gunners have made Freddie Ljungberg their temporary manager but they are hoping to name a permanent manager any moment from now.

Arteta was one of their managerial targets when they fired Arsene Wenger and he has now come back in the frame for the job.

Arteta has been Pep Guardiola’s assistant since the former Barcelona boss came to England.

They have won the last two Premier League titles together and they also won all the domestic competitions they participated in last season.

Pep Guardiola has stated in the past that he would not stand in the way of his number two should he decide to leave.

Ahead of their just-concluded game against Newcastle, Guardiola said per Talksport:

“I said many times with my players, staff, they’re free to do what they want to do.

“With Mikel, it’s about being a friend, I want the best for him.

“What I want is that we stay together this season and next season but I don’t know what’s best for him.

“But on Saturday he travels to Newcastle.”

Arteta would be a popular choice for sure but worries remain over his experience. Arsenal really needs an elite manager and I am not sure Arteta is that person.

18 Comments

  1. Godswill says:

    Tell me that that he’s better than Freddy.

    1. Paul R says:

      Arsene wasn’t an elite manager, when he took over. He brought new ideas, which turned him into a elite manager.

      1. Rkw says:

        Liked him as a player … must have learnt a bit from 3 years with pep … and a connection with club … not really sure how deep or his motivational skills but would be more than happy to see him try to turn this drifting ship around

        1. Angus says:

          Well we never made top 4 since he left and stopped being captain. He’s assistant to Pep who publicly credited him with Sterling’s rise in form in his 1st, working individually on his attacking movement. Had he not taken the job with Pep both Poch and Wenger wanted him so I’d say it’s pretty clear what people think of his abilities in general and his motivational skills.

    2. Thomaskelly says:

      No thanks he can stay at city I want Allegri

  2. Daulat says:

    I would take my chances with Freddie rather than Arteta. Freddie is more integrated with the current squad, especially youngsters and being with Emery has the first hand knowledge what has and hasn’t worked and why.

  3. Sean Williams says:

    Please not Arteta

    Silly. Why would Arteta be better than Freddie. If you want to get an ex player go for Patrick. Arteta is better suited to Everton. If we want a manager who understands the Premier League go for Eddie Howe or Brendan Rogers. They would get us playing stylish, inspired football. They are real coaches.

    1. Eddie Hoyte says:

      Why is Artet better suited to Everton and Freddie and Viera are better suited to Arsenal? Is it cus he wasn’t part of the invincibles?
      He’s yet to take a job and you’re already writing him off.
      SMH.
      If you keep listening to Arsenal fans you’d think Pep was a serial winner or expert before he took over Barcelona

      1. Diogenes says:

        They are following their heart, Eddie.

        They don’t understand that if you’re an intelligent guy who learned from the best for 3 years, you’re probably better than someone who didn’t get that chance, even if you’ve never been the guy in the spotlight.

        And like I said in another post, every candidate proposed is a risk in at least one respect, but at least with Arteta the ceiling is high, with others not so much.

  4. AndersS says:

    We should do better than youth coaches and assistant coaches.

  5. Durand says:

    Big no on Arteta. Why are we the only ones linked with him if he’s so great?

    Aren’t fans tired of experiments? We need a proven manager, a serial winner at the club.

    1. Angus says:

      Seriously Pep thinks he’s good enough to take over City but you think he can’t manage us?

  6. Andrew Elder says:

    If we decide to go for a young manager I would prefer Julian Nagelsmann. He has experience managing clubs in the Bundesliga, he speaks English and look what he’s done at RB Leipzig this season. He is a young, dynamic coach playing the style of football to bring back the fans. Perhaps they should ask Reiss Nelson about him, he was coached by him at Hoffenheim.

    1. Andrew Elder says:

      Leipzig have scored 36 goals in 13 games and let in 15. Currently top of the Bundesliga, impressive? Nagelsmann has only coached them for a few months so it is probably unlikely he will leave mid-season. Incidentally he took lowly Hoffenheim into a Champion’s League spot.

      1. Angus says:

        Why would he leave Leipzig? They are backed by the Red Bull sports machine. They could very well replace Bayern as the dominant team in Germany. They get 1st refusal on Haaland who everyone is looking at and will get him at a huge discount just like they do with all talent coming out the various Red Bull clubs.

  7. Diogenes says:

    Big yes to Arteta.
    Welcome, Mikel.
    I’ll be ecstatic if he comes. For once we could have someone on the up, not has beens and mediocrity.

    1. Angus says:

      Agree totally, some quotes I found from another post I made –

      Wenger – “He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites” For his job when he left

      Pep- “I’m pretty sure, yes,” said Guardiola when asked if Arteta could succeed him as Man City boss, per The Times.

      “He will have success, yes. But he decided to stay – thanks – but everyone decides what he’ll do in the future. Sooner or later it’s going to happen.

      “He’s a young manager, he’s 37, so he is so young but he has experience already to handle big players and teams and when it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.

      “He’s helped me a lot. From day one, so not just the last two seasons, from day one. He has an incredible work ethic, and he has a special talent to analyse what happens, and to find the solutions.

      “We talk a lot about what he believes and feels and so on. He helped me a lot, especially in the first year. He knew the Premier League – like for example in games against Stoke or whatever.

      “He can tell me about the players we will face better than myself, because he played against them and was in the Premier League for ten or 11 years. That’s a long time.

      “He’s so happy when we win but suffers when we don’t and that is why he tries to find a solution. He’s an incredible human being, with incredible values about what it means in the locker room to be together, and he is already an incredible manager and he’ll have incredible success in his future. We see the football in really quite a close way.”

      Perarnau (Spanish journalist who’s written two books on Pep) –

      “Do you remember from Sunday’s game, after the second goal [against Arsenal], Pep’s hug with Mikel?” he told the podcast at the time.

      “That was because Mikel said to Mendy, ‘Don’t make a high cross when you get to the end line, make a cut-back along the floor,’ and after that Bernardo scored the goal.

      “He [also] talked with Mendy and Sterling to try to make a double pass before the last cut-back.”

      Sane –

      “People always ask me about training under Pep, but the things I’ve learnt from Mikel Arteta!” the winger is quoted in Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam.

      “We get on brilliantly, he’s a lovely guy and a great coach. And he’s always right. He’ll watch me at training and then afterwards he’ll tell me what he thinks. He doesn’t just suggest something and leave me to get on with it.”

      Per –

      “I was his vice-captain at Arsenal and he trusted me,” he recently told FourFourTwo.

      “I was by his side during team meetings and we had a great bond. I’d love to work with him again, a top guy.”

      Same Lee –

      “Arteta is the one who worked closest with Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko to mould them into emergency replacements for Benjamin Mendy,” wrote The Athletic’s Man City insider Sam Lee.

      “Arteta did not want Delph to leave when he had an offer from Stoke City in the summer of 2017, and held one-on-one sessions with both men to teach them their new duties.

      “In midfield, he has been working with Rodri to drill into him the Guardiola basics, such as body positioning, as well as teaching him when to press and when not to.”

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