Is Mikel Arteta now ready to coach Arsenal?
Who would have thought that just 18 months after Arsene Wenger leaving Arsenal we would be keen to bring in another manager already, but this is exactly what most of us are thinking right now as it is very obvious that we have only gone further backwards under Unai Emery. It must be bad when 56% of our readers said that they would prefer to see Jose Mourinho in charge at the Emirates instead of Emery.
Those rumours appear to have been quashed now, but who else could we go for, if not Mourinho. I’m guessing we also still have a chance of bring Mikel Arteta back, and this may be an even better time as he has had another 18 months to learn more under Pep Guardiola and has a couple of League titles on his CV as well. Pep agreed after Wenger left that he would not stand in our old captain’s way. ‘Mikel’s contribution was outstanding, amazing, and we have been so good together,’ said Guardiola.
‘So, if he stays I will be happiest guy in the world. If he decides to move because he has this option I will not say: “You don’t have to go”.
‘I want the best for my friends and he is a friend. If he decides to go I will be sad but I will understand his decision.
‘Because it is his career, his life and family and I am not the right guy to say you don’t have to do that.
‘But hopefully he can stay and finish what we have together in the coming years.’
Well, he has stayed, but surely he must be ready for bigger things as manager having served his apprenticeship?
Even Arsene Wenger agreed that Arteta could be the right man for the job. He told the Telegraph: “He has all the qualities to do the job, yes, and I think as well he is one of the favourites.
“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. Why not?”
So, after the failed experiment of bringing in Unai Emery, despite his previous achievements, do you think that we should take a chance now on Arteta, who knows Arsenal inside out and has a couple of EPL titles as assistant to Guardiola?