Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Arsene Wenger Endorses Idea of Mikel Arteta Succeeding Him

Arsene Wenger Endorses Idea of Mikel Arteta Succeeding Him

Arsene Wenger, the man formerly known as the Arsenal manager, has described Mikel Arteta as possessing "all of the qualities" to succeed him at the Emirates.

The Frenchman has served as assistant coach to Belgium national team boss Roberto Martinez since 2016, while the Spaniard has performed the same role under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Arteta played under Wenger at Arsenal and is now joint-assistant coach at Manchester City, although the 36-year-old has already received the support of Pep Guardiola, should he want to leave.

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Former captain Arteta is among the candidates to replace Wenger, who left at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

He added: "I don't want to influence that publicly because for me I believe it is important that they make their choice in an objective way and after once they make a decision I will support them".

Keen to ensure the Gunners don't fall even further behind their rivals at the top of the Premier League, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is pressing on with negotiations to bring in three new stars. "I want the best for my friends and he is a friend of mine".

"The one thing I can say for sure is that I will continue to work, but do I want to continue to suffer as much?"

Another fan we asked, Harry, believes he is the right man for the job and said: "I like the idea of it... he has a good philosophy he wants to bring in".

"I don't really know if Messi was interested..."

Max Allegri ruled himself out of the job by saying "I'll be at Juventus next year if they don't sack me..." and the Director of Football at 1899 Hoffenheim confirmed Nagelsmann's future, saying "Julian Nagelsmann will be our coach next season, 100 percent". "I can't imagine doing anything else".

Arsenal started their search for a new manager last month after Wenger revealed the final day clash with Huddersfield would be his last game with them. I need a challenge.

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