Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Arteta set for Arsenal talks over managerial post

Arteta set for Arsenal talks over managerial post

The search for Wenger's replacement began after the manager announced his departure from the club in April and a number of candidates were linked with the top post.

The failure to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Arsenal when he had the chance still rankles with Arsene Wenger after the former Gunners boss labelled it his biggest transfer regret during his time as at the club.

He has been working under Pep Guardiola at the newly crowned Premier League champions, with the Catalan boss crediting the Spaniard for the improvement of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane this season.

His name is synonymous with Arsenal, and his personality and sporting "philosophy" permeated every level of the club, from boardroom to boot locker.

Something that might soften the blow for Arsenal fans who don't wish to see Arteta take over is the decision he will reportedly make on Santi Cazorla.

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

"I like the feel of Mikel Arteta", he told BBC Sport.

This comes after the news that the Arsenal board have met with the front-runner for the job, Mikel Arteta to discuss his potential role as a manager on Thursday.

Arteta played under Wenger at Arsenal and is now joint-assistant coach at Manchester City, although the 36-year-old has already received the support of Pep Guardiola, should he want to leave. It is said that the Arsenal hierarchy are still pushing ahead with the move, despite a new manager not yet being in place at the club.

But according to Goal, Arteta's role behind the scenes at Manchester City should not be underestimated and the significance of his contribution can be summed up by a decision Guardiola made when his side faced Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium last season.

The Spanish midfielder has been sidelined at Arsenal for 18 months with a serious ankle injury but the Independent says he "could be offered a new player-coaching deal" next season - if he wins his fitness battle.

Wenger said of Ronaldo: 'He was here with his mother and we were very close.

"Steve Bould was with me for six years, Jens Lehmann as well".

Arsenal are said to want to make the appointment before the start of the 2018 Soccer World Cup in Russian Federation on June 14.

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