Mikel Arteta NOT frontrunner to succeed Guardiola at Man City – Arsenal plan talks with Spaniard

Mikel Arteta has indicated his willingness to become Arsenal’s new manager – and Manchester City are anticipating an approach from Arsenal after the Sunday clash between the two, claim sources at Metro Sport.

Arteta has been Manchester City’s assistant coach since the beginning of Pep Guardiola’s reign. The former Everton and Arsenal midfielder has won plaudits for his work at the club and is held in high regard within the Etihad Stadium.

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However, according to the Metro, Arteta is NOT presently ‘one of the frontrunners’ under consideration by Manchester City to succeed Pep Guardiola. This reality has ‘ultimately convinced’ Arteta to consider his options elsewhere and he would not hesitate to take charge at Arsenal should the offer materialise.

He was considered as the heir to Arsene Wenger in 2018, and was reported to be frustrated at being overlooked by the Arsenal board. Arteta has also turned down proposals from Newcastle United and Everton since then, to remain in Manchester with the Premier League champions.

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Interestingly, the Metro also assert that if Mikel Arteta left, then Manchester City would be open to the prospect of Vincent Kompany returning in a similar capacity, should his Anderlecht adventure end unhappily.

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