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City assistant coach Mikel Arteta in talks with Arsenal – ENGLISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his assistant coach Mikel Arteta is currently in talks with Arsenal. The Spaniard apparently has to replace interim coach Freddie Ljungberg there.

"He's talking to Arsenal right now. I don't know what's going to happen," Guardiola said at a press conference Tuesday. "We were so good at bringing him to us – and now knocking others out. He's an incredible personality and a great coach."

Arsenal bosses have probably already visited Arteta in Manchester

On Monday Guardian of Arsenal's interest in Arteta. The Gunners boss is said to have already visited the 37-year-old Manchester Spaniard to convince him of his involvement as head coach of London.

Arteta was a player for Arsenal from 2011 to 2016, and then ended his career with the Gunners. Shortly after, he joined the coaching staff of Manchester City, where he is still under contract until 2021.

For Arteta, who played as many as 150 competing matches for Arsenal, that would be the first post as head coach.

The Gunners, who are currently only tenth in the Premier League, had separated from Unai Emery at the end of November. Ljungberg has taken over at an intermediate time since then, but under Sweden there has been only one win in five competing matches.