Arteta Edges Closer to Arsenal Return

Former Arsenal captain, Mikel Arteta is close to being appointed as new Gunners boss after reaching a 5 million pound a year deal with the club hierarchy.

The 37-year old will return to Arsenal three years after he retired and began his coaching career. The Arsenal coaching role will be his first as head coach and although he is largely inexperienced, many are backing him to succeed at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spanish tactician who is currently Manchester City’s assistant coach has been in talks with the Gunners hierarchy for the last couple of days over a possible switch to the club as a replacement for sacked Unai Emery.

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The Gunners have been under interim coach, Freddie Ljungberg since the end of September after Emery was shown the door over poor results. The team’s fortunes hasn’t improved and thus the increased calls for the club to hire a permanent manager. Ljungberg is set to remain as one of the backroom staff.

He had expressed willingness to join the club but needed assurances from the club management that they will avail funds for him to make signings during the January transfer window so that he can assemble his own team.

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