Man City coach believed Arsenal job 'would be his' in 2018 – paperwork for his transfer prepared

Mikel Arteta, along with his colleagues, believed that the vacant managerial position at Arsenal in 2018 would be his, according to a report by the Athletic.

It’s a period of uncertainty for the London-based club, as Unai Emery was recently relieved of his services at the Emirates Stadium. It is no surprise that the assistant coach to Pep Guardiola has been mooted as a potential successor to the former PSG coach.

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However, things could have been very different from the off, if recent reports are to be believed from the Athletic on Sunday morning. According to journalist Adam Crafton, developments surrounding the potential appointment of Mikel Arteta in 2018 were so far advanced that one source “recalled overhearing a conversation where administration staff discussed the paperwork that may need to be prepared for Arteta’s release” from Manchester City.

Despite the former Arsenal midfielder’s inexperience in the managerial position in football, his experience and development coming from significant others should not be underestimated. His three years under the influence of Pep Guardiola is certainly something for Arsenal fans to take encouragement from.

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Recent reports have suggested that Arteta is one of several names shortlisted by the Arsenal hierarchy as potential successors at the Emirates Stadium. The 37-year-old is joined by the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Nuno Espirito Santos and Carlo Ancelotti.

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