Arsene Wenger backs Mikel Arteta to succeed as Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger backs Mikel Arteta to succeed as Arsenal manager

Colin Lewin, head of the club's medical department, has been at the club a year longer than Wenger but will also be departing - as well as coaches Neil Banfield, Gerry Peyton and Tony Colbert, with Paul Johnson leaving his post as equipment manager.

It is Arteta, however, who has now prevailed in recent days as the seemingly chosen candidate, despite his lack of any managerial experience.

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta could be named as Arsene Wenger's replacement after holding talks with the club and is considering offering Santi Cazorla the opportunity to join his backroom staff, according to the Independent.

"He knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club".

Arteta is the leading candidate to take over at the Gunners, despite never managing a team at any level before.

"He has been assistant to [Pep] Guardiola as well, but overall I think he has the qualities".

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And Wenger told beIN SPORTS: 'Arteta has all the qualities to do the job.

Arsenal's new manager search could be reaching its concluding stages as they are reportedly close to finalizing Mikel Arteta as Arsene Wenger's successor.

Arteta is keen to take up the role and Man City boss Guardiola has insisted he will not stand in his way.

"I know how you do these things - if I say something nice about somebody you will say I am backing him but this is not the case".

Arsenal are expected to begin the interview process this week in the hope a new manager will be in place before the start of the World Cup on June 14. They may be forced to eat their words, however, as Gazidis believes that Arteta - now Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City - embodies Arsenal's footballing "values" better than many of his purported rivals.

Wenger also pointed out that Arteta could draw on the experience of some of his own first-team coaches, like Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann, who are still at the club.

Wenger said the north London outfit were unable to compete with United's 12 million pounds ($16.23 million) offer for the Portugal global.

Arteta, who retired from playing just two years ago, has no managerial experience as of yet.