ARSENAL have earmarked Mikel Arteta to finally take over as supervisor, in response to studies.
The previous Gunners midfielder is chopping his tooth in teaching beneath Pep Guardiola at Manchester Metropolis.
His work this season has helped Metropolis fly high of the league with a staggering 11-point lead over second-placed Manchester United.
The Telegraph declare Arsenal nonetheless fee Arteta, 35, regardless of his change to the Etihad and see him as an eventual successor to Arsene Wenger.
He rejected teaching gives from the Gunners and North London rivals Tottenham to affix Pep Guardiola at Metropolis in 2016.
Arteta accomplished his Uefa Professional Licence in September and is awaiting official affirmation of his ultimate teaching badge.
It’s believed that by the point Wenger’s Arsenal contract expires on the finish of subsequent season, Arteta shall be skilled sufficient to be thought-about as subsequent boss.
Guardiola’s Etihad deal runs out in the summertime of 2019.
ART ATTACK Manchester Metropolis coach Mikel Arteta ‘left with blood pouring down face’ after reportedly being hit by bottle in derby tunnel bust-up
However senior figures at Metropolis are assured he’ll prolong his keep as they plan to take a seat down with him on the finish of the season and hand him a brand new contract.
This might scupper Arsenal’s plans of a fast transfer for Arteta, who could want to stay a part of Guardiola’s Metropolis facet, particularly in the event that they go on to win the Premier League.
Guardiola reckons the previous Everton and Arsenal star is chargeable for the blistering type of England winger Raheem Sterling.
He mentioned: “Mikel Arteta is working many, many days after coaching classes for the final motion, for the management within the final second.”
Arteta was allegedly hit within the face with a bottle as tensions boiled over at Outdated Trafford following Metropolis’s 2-1 win this month.
Gamers and coaches clashed within the dressing room after the guests’ supposed “raucous” celebrations.
Upon becoming a member of Metropolis, Arteta mentioned: “I’ve loved my wonderful 5 years at Arsenal and it has been an honour and a privilege to captain such a terrific membership.
“I’m now wanting ahead to the problem forward at Manchester Metropolis.
“The chance to affix Pep Guardiola and his staff was an incredible alternative for me and I’m extremely excited for the long run.”