A shock contender to replace Arsene Wenger has emerged


Mikel Arteta has emerged as a surprise candidate for the Arsenal job when Arsene Wenger retires, reports the Telegraph.

Wenger signed a new two-year contract in the summer but at 68-years-old, the club remain conscious of the need to identify potential replacements.

Arteta is at the opposite end of his coaching career, still only 35 and currently part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom team at Manchester City.

While the Spaniard hit the headlines for his role in the tunnel brawl at the end of the Manchester derby, what will have impressed the Gunners is the way he has quietly been going about his business in one of the most attractive set-ups in English football.

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City are already earning comparisons with Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of 2003/04.

The newspaper suggest that Arteta snubbed job offers from both Arsenal and Spurs at the end of his playing career as he felt he was best suited to the job at the Etihad.

Given that Wenger has been blasted by some sections of the support because of his old-fashioned methods, it would represent a huge shift if they were to appoint a forward-thinking young talent like his former captain.

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