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Arsenal has already begun talks in signing Arsene Wenger’s replacement with former Gunner Mikel Arteta.
Report from Sky Sport suggest he is already planning about his potential coaching staff at Arsenal amid reports he is close to succeeding Arsene Wenger.
Arteta has been strongly linked with replacing Wenger at Arsenal after a year working as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
Guardiola appeared to give his backing to Arteta yesterday, saying: “If he stays I will be the happiest guy in the world. If he decides to move because he has this option I will not say: ‘You don’t have to go’.
“I want the best for my friends and he is a friend. If he decides to go I will be sad but I will understand his decision.
“Because it is his career, his life and family and I am not the right guy to say you don’t have to do that.
“But hopefully he can stay and finish what we have together in the coming years.”
And the Independent say Arteta does want to replace Wenger and is considering who will join his backroom team.
Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann are likely to remain at Arsenal but Arteta will like to bring in his own choices.
However, Sky Sports pundit Dennis Wise believes Arteta is not experienced enough to take charge of Arsenal yet.
“He’s gone to Man City and he’s only been there a year, just over a year,” Wise said.
“He’s worked with Pep and it’s worked very well. I’m not sure Pep would want him to go.
“But has he got the experience to go in at Arsenal and do a manager’s job at this moment and follow in the footsteps of Arsene Wenger? No. I don’t feel he has.
“I think he needs to do a little bit more work and go into a job not as high-profile as the Arsenal job.”