Mikel Arteta favourite to become Arsenal manager

Ross Houston
May 17, 2018

Arsenal could accelerate the appointment of Arsene Wenger's successor as Mikel Arteta's rivals for the post continue to be ruled out.

Arteta is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger and his appointment could now be confirmed before the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation starts on June 14.

The Spaniard's name was among the initial candidates following the confirmation that Wenger would be leaving the club after 22 years, and he is now said to be the favourite for the job.

Arteta left Arsenal and hung up his playing boots two years ago to work under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City in a coaching role and could be appointed as early as this week.

Arteta meanwhile has reached the point in his negotiations with Arsenal where he has "named potential staff and the financial package required", and among the people he wants working with him is Santi Cazorla. I think all of them could manage Arsenal.

"There's maybe a small advantage for Allegri and Ancelotti as they both have a lot of experience in Italy, Germany and England". Now in charge of New York City, Vieira is said to be mystified over whether he has ever been under serious consideration.

The Spanish midfielder has been sidelined at Arsenal for 18 months with a serious ankle injury but the Independent says he "could be offered a new player-coaching deal" next season - if he wins his fitness battle.

Arsene Wenger has reiterated he will not take another job in the Premier League as it would feel like a betrayal of Arsenal.

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