Several reports have suggested Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Manchester City’s assistant coach Mikel Arteta, with reports according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claiming the deal could be announced in less than 24 hours.
The Mirror suggest the Spaniard is closing in on a three-and-a-half deal worth around £5 million-per-season and he could take charge ahead of the Gunners clash with Everton on Saturday.
Arsenal have been in search of a new manager after the sack of Unai Emery who plunged the Gunners to their worst ever form since 1992 which saw to the appointment of Freddie Ljungberg last month.
Ahead of City’s Wednesday’s clash against Oxford United, Pep Guardiola will be forced into making a significant change amongst his back room staff, with his former assistant at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Domenec Torrent, linked with a return to the Etihad Stadium.
The former Gunner has been Guardiola’s assistant since he took over City’s helms of affairs in 2016 shortly after retiring from football.
Arteta was signed by Arsene Wenger in August 2011, he went on to spend five years with the Gunners before his retirement.
Since joining Manchester City, Arteta has impressed at the club with his passion and attention to detail.
He initially joined City’s coaching staff and was credited with improvements in finishing by many of the squad. He could be seen drilling players at most of City’s training sessions.
It is these kind of repetitive techniques which have seen better composure by the likes of Raheem Sterling.