Mikel Arteta named as new Arsenal head coach

Mikel Arteta has been officially named as the new Arsenal head coach, leaving Manchester City to become the successor of the recently departed Unai Emery.

Pep Guardiola revealed in his press conference ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Leicester City, that assistant coach Mikel Arteta was in London to complete his switch to Arsenal, to become the head coach at the Emirates Stadium. Just minutes later, all was confirmed by Arsenal.

Reports surrounding the developments in the potential deal have been ongoing throughout the week, with first suggestions of the Spaniard being in London coming to our attention this morning.

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Pep Guardiola stated that Mikel Arteta had not appeared for training with Manchester City yesterday or today, due to advances in his switch to the North London club. Guardiola stated: “He decided to move there. You cannot stop it, follow your dreams and Arsenal was a big part of his career. We wish him all the best I’m pretty sure he will do a great job.”

On the topic of replacing Arteta at the Etihad Stadium, Pep Guardiola confirmed suggestions made by the Athletic yesterday evening, that no external replacement will be brought in. Instead, Manchester City will continue with the same coaching staff, with an existing member of the team being promoted to the role of assistant.

Mikel Arteta leaves the Etihad Stadium after three years as an assistant coach under Pep Guardiola – a period that has seen the Spaniard play an integral part in two Premier League title wins, two League Cups and an FA Cup.

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