Arsenal’s search for a new manager to succeed the legendary Arsene Wenger was always going to be tough but it appears a Premier League rival are now ready to throw a spanner in the works of the Gunners plans.
The Mirror reports that Manchester City will rebuff any Arsenal advances for Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira, who are both employed by the City Football Group, as the Citizens have long-term plans for the duo.
Both former skippers of Arsenal, Arteta has caught the eye as assistant to Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium during the past two seasons whilst Vieira has impressed managing MLS franchise New York City FC.
Reports have claimed that both Arteta and Vieira are candidates to replace Wenger this summer, despite their limited managerial experience, but Manchester City are determined not to lose the services of either of their employees.
That increases the likelihood of former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique taking charge at the Emirates Stadium, as he seems to be emerging as the ideal candidate.