Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Arsene Wenger backs Mikel Arteta for Arsenal manager's job

Arsene Wenger backs Mikel Arteta for Arsenal manager's job

Arsene Wenger has insisted that former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta "has all the qualities" needed to become the club's next manager.

Arteta has only served as a coach at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola so far, but Wenger insists that Arsenal have experienced coaching personnel to guide the Spanish manager if he needs it.

After overseeing his last game on Sunday, Arsene Wenger has now left the cub and there are indications that former captain of the Gunners, Mikel Arteta is set to take over the reins from him.

And Wenger told beIN SPORTS: 'Arteta has all the qualities to do the job.

Although many big names were the early leaders in speculation over the club's next manager, a surprise candidate appeared last week [VIDEO]- former club captain Mike Arteta.

But Steve Bould, Wenger's assistant since 2012, and goalkeeping coach Jens Lehmann will be offered posts in the new set-up.

Arteta has risen to the top of the list to take the hot seat and his growing reputation while being assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has caught the attention of Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis.

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It is also claimed the new Arsenal boss, whoever that may be - Arteta or otherwise, will only have £50 million to spend in this summers transfer window.

Talk of Wenger taking over from current boss Jean-Louis Gasset reflects a sense of discontent within the club and suggests next season they will be pushing for champions league qualification.

"I don't want to influence it publicly, because I believe it's important they make their choice objectively and after that I will support him". Arsenal have a system in place now which they did before Christmas, even in Wenger's time where there are three new individuals there.

"The one thing I can say for sure is that I will continue to work".

Goal also report that Arteta has played a major part in working with several City players, notably helping Fabian Delph with his temporary position change to left-back and working with Sterling to improve his finishing in front of goal.

Throughout his 22-year tenure, Arsene Wenger had a huge say in nearly everything at Arsenal: from team selection and training to finances, scouting and transfer dealings.

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