Arsenal earmark Spaniard as their number one choice for new manager


Along with Arteta, Patrick Vieira has been spoken to about the Arsenal post, but the Frenchman has since been left in limbo as he has not received any feedback.

The former Arsenal captain, who made 406 appearances for the Gunners during a nine-year spell in north London, has been touted as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger, who stepped down from his role at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

Two former club captains Mikel Arteta and Vieira, now head coach at New York City in the Major Soccer League, are among the favourites for the role.

The Gunners had initially planned to name a new manager before the World Cup, but the announcement could now come earlier than scheduled, with Arteta set to make his first strides into management.

It is understood the new manager will be able to bring in his own backroom staff.

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Arteta has risen to the top of the list to take the hot seat and his growing reputation while being assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has caught the attention of Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis.

'He is doing very well with New York City, and he told me the job is very hard and difficult.

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.

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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