Arsene Wenger has said he left Arsenal in a strong position despite the club's difficulties this season, and has supported Mikel Arteta to become a success as manager.
Sources have said that ESPN Arteta is expected to be announced to Arsenal's new boss following Unai Emery's resignation as manager.
And Wenger, who left the club after 22 years in May 2018, believes Arteta has the ability to succeed at Arsenal if he takes over for janitor Freddie Ljungberg.
"I'm an Arsenal supporter. And for the moment, I support the responsible manager, and the manager in charge is Ljungberg. When Arteta is in charge, I want to support Arteta," Wenger told Sky Sports.
"He [Arteta] is intelligent, he has passion, he has knowledge, but Ljungberg [does] also.
"I think Arteta certainly has a great future, he has certainly learned a lot in his first position as assistant coach, and after that he will also have to deal with the fact that he has no experience at that level and he will have to be surrounded well . "
Emery replaced Wenger in 2018, but was fired in November after the club's worst start to a league season of nearly 30 years.
Arsenal are in 10th place, seven points out of the top four, but Wenger – who finished sixth in his last season in charge – insists he is not to blame for the club's difficulties.
"When I left the club was in a very strong financial position, and they bought a lot of players in between – they haven't all worked," Wenger added.
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"I think it's not a matter of time. The change can be very effective very quickly, it's just about making the right decision and that's all it's about in football, it's about good players.
"We are talking about the success of Liverpool, of course they have a good manager, but you must also say that over the last three to four years they have bought the right players."