Wenger: 'Arteta good enough for Arsenal job'

Lynette Rowe
May 18, 2018

Mikel Arteta is expected to replace Wenger, with Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri his strongest challenger for the job.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta has all the qualities needed to manage the club.

It's claimed that Guardiola is impressed with the way Arteta puts across his message to the players and their is a strong belief among City's backroom team that the 36-year-old is ready to take the job at Arsenal.

Arsenal executives were involved in discussions on Thursday regarding who should next take over at the club.

According the same story, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola won't stand in Arteta's way should the Gunners make an offer to the former Everton midfielder.

Arsenal are looking for a successor to Arsene Wenger this summer, and reports in Spain suggest that they are edging closer to securing an appointment.

"(Arteta) has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities".

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GETTYArsene Wenger ended his Arsenal reign with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield last Sunday

Wenger, however, believes Arteta could benefit from his own first-team coaches, like Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann, who are still at the club.

"Unfortunately some of the other staff left".

Wenger insists that he wants to "defend" his "ideas of football", and will make a decision about his future the day before the World Cup starts in Russian Federation this summer.

"As I said in my speech on the pitch after the Burnley game, I'm a fan above all".

Keen to ensure the Gunners don't fall even further behind their rivals at the top of the Premier League, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is pressing on with negotiations to bring in three new stars.

"Because for me I believe it is important that they make their choice in an objective way and after they make a decision I will support them".

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.

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