Monday, 21 May, 2018

Arsenal next manager: Mikel Arteta expected to be appointed this month

Arsene Wenger: Mikel Arteta has quality to become Arsenal manager Arsenal to open talks with Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta on Thursday
Kristopher Love | 17 May, 2018, 02:46

Club legend Patrick Vieira was also linked with the role but the former midfielder, now head coach at New York City, is no longer thought to be in the running.

Wenger worked many wonders during his 22 year reign and one of the most memorable highlights of his time was was the wonderful start to his Arsenal career which many are hoping that the new manager would be able to replicate.

The Independent reports that yesterday witnessed "another day of progress and productive talks between the former player and the club".

Sky add that Thierry Henry has "not been contacted" by the club, while Luis Enrique's wage demands continue to make his appointment unlikely.

Another candidate was Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann, but the German club recently insisted he will still be their manager next season.

Patrick Vieira is "ready to manage Arsenal", according to his former Gunners team-mate Robert Pires.

Carzorla, who has is out of contract in the summer, hasn't kicked a ball in anger since a 3-2 win over Swansea City in October 2016 due to injury but it appears Arteta is keen on keeping his former teammate at Arsenal.

As for Wenger's long-time assistant, Steve Bould, he's been offered a new role within the club - subject to approval from the new manager - but he's also mulling over "a potential position at Stoke City".

Gazidis is working his way through a preferred list of candidates with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

The Telegraph says that Arsenal are in talks to sign the 21-year-old "and are believed to be prepared to agree a deal worth up to £35m".