Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta is being lined up as a potential replacement for Unai Emery as manager of Arsenal, should the Spanish coach be relieved of his duties at the Emirates Stadium, according to the Times.
Mikel Arteta, 37, has served as part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff since his retirement in 2016, and played for Arsenal for the last five years of his career, joining the London-based club in 2011. The Spaniard has impressed City boss Guardiola with his tactical know-how in his role as assistant coach.
Arsenal initially had Arteta in mind to replace Arsene Wenger, who left the club at the end of the 2017/2018 season, going so far as to allowing him to select the backroom staff he would use at the Emirates. The London club eventually settled on former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their man.
Arteta’s 48-year-old countryman has found himself under mounting pressure at the Emirates Stadium in recent months, with a record of one league win in two months – Arsenal’s worst in over 20 years. Fans are growing in frustration, and discontented chants have been aimed at Emery during matches.
Arsenal currently sit in 8th place in the Premier League, and if Emery fails to oversee an improvement in results over the next three games the board may seek to replace him with the Manchester City coach.
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