Arsenal have identified Mikel Arteta as the man they want to replace Unai Emery as their next permanent manager, according to the Mirror.
The ex-Gunner is currently Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, but it is understood that the Spaniard would not block his compatriot from moving into frontline management.
The report also suggests that Arteta himself is keen on the deal happening, after having come close to landing the job prior to Emery’s appointment in 2018.
Would Arteta be the right man for Arsenal?
Honestly, it’s very difficult to say.
In the case for him, you could certainly argue that he is a fan favourite in north London following his own spell at the Emirates as a player, and maybe that is what is needed to unite a dressing room that, form an outside perspective, looks quite fractured.
Similarly, he has enjoyed great success during his spell under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad. Working with a manager of that calibre can only be a good thing for any aspirational coach in the making.
All of that being said, there is a huge difference between assisting a manager and actually taking the reins in a dressing room yourself.
Arteta, for all of his positives, has not taken charge of a club, and that inexperience could prove to be a real gamble.
As the likes of Frank Lampard at Derby County and now Chelsea, and Steven Gerrard at Rangers, have shown us, it can be a risk worth taking, the Gunners must go into any potential deal with their eyes wide open.