Arsenal to hold talks with Arteta

Arsenal to hold talks with Arteta

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.

Arsene Wenger has backed Mikel Arteta's credentials to become the new Arsenal manager and revealed that he has not been asked for his opinion about who his successor should be.

Appointing him would carry numerous same pros and cons that hiring Arteta would bring-either would be a young, exciting choice who could bring fresh ideas into the club, which they know well, but their lack of experience makes it hard to assess how successful they might be.

Mikel Arteta reportedly masterminded Man City's win over Arsenal last season.

He, like Arteta, has never held a position in club management.

"He has been an assistant of Guardiola, so overall I think he has the qualities".

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The Arsenal executives, who is saddled with the responsible of choosing the new manager, are also understood to be holding talks on today May 17.

Vieira, who now manages New York City FC in the MLS, was backed to succeed Wenger by a number of former Arsenal players, including Robert Pires.

"I think all of them could manage Arsenal", Pires said in an interview with BT Sport. Indeed, Guardiola will be reluctant to let the Spaniard depart, yet with the pair such good friends stemming from their time at Barcelona, the City boss won't stand in his way.

Wenger's own future remains uncertain as he contemplates his next move but he did advise Arsenal before he left that they should get their new man in place well ahead of this summer's World Cup. But they didn't ask me, so that takes the weight away from me.

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.

The Frenchman - who signed Spanish midfielder Arteta from Everton in 2011 - believes the Manchester City assistant manager is a "leader" who has the right "passion" to coach Arsenal as they embark upon a new era.

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