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Former skipper emerges as leading candidate for Arsenal job

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Arsenal are set to venture into a new era this summer after the departure of Arsene Wenger, who waved goodbye to the north London side after 22 successful years at the helm.

Plenty of speculation has orientated around who the Gunners could draft in to succeed the legendary Frenchman and it seems that the club have set their sights on a familiar face, ready to take a risk with an inexperienced appointment.

The Daily Mail states leading members of the Arsenal hierarchy, including chief executive Ivan Gazidis, have earmarked former Gunners skipper Mikel Arteta as the ideal candidate to take charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta has spent two-years working as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City since ending his playing career at Arsenal and has attracted plenty of praise for his impact with the Premier League champions, which has seen him tipped to have a successful managerial career ahead of him.

Despite having no prior experience, Arsenal are ready to make a move as they believe the Spaniard can spark life into a Gunners side who are set for their second consecutive season without Champions League football next term.

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