The Spaniard has been tipped as favorite to replace Arsene Wenger
With the 2017-2018 Premier League campaign over, Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal after managing the club for 22 years. During his reign, he has won 10 major trophies with the club which includes seven FA Cups and three Premier League.
The Gunners now face the mammoth task of replacing the Frenchman and are already looking at potential candidates. A list of potential candidates includes proven winners, such as Luis Enrique, Unai Emery, Joachim Low, Julian Nagelsmann, Carlo Ancelloti and Massimiliano Allegri, and a number of former favorites like Mikel Arteta, Patrick Viera and Thiery Henry.
Arteta has emerged as the overwhelming favorite to take over from his former boss, despite having never managed before. The Premier League giants signed the Spaniard from Everton in 2011, who hanged his playing boots two years ago. He is now serving as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
Even Wenger has backed the Spaniard to manage Arsenal and believes his lack of experience should not be counted against him.
The former Gunners midfielder is in the process of finalizing negotiations on a deal to become manager, which includes power over transfers and his own backroom staff.
Arteta wants a big say in who will the club sign and the power to veto recommendations from the club’s recruitment department, the Daily Mail claims. He wants to be able to put his own stamp on things should he take over at the Emirates.
He will be given a limited budget than Wenger but it could increase with the sales of few players. Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin both have been heavily linked with a summer exit and their sales would give him additional funds.