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Mikel Arteta will hold talks with Arsenal over the weekend about replacing Arsene Wenger.
According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, the Gunners are holding lengthy conversations with their former midfielder over the vacant Emirates hot seat.
The next few days will be important with Monday being the crucial time in deciding whether Arteta will get the job.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Balague said: “Arsenal have got today, tomorrow, Sunday and Monday to convince Mikel Arteta to become their manager.
“Conversations will be fluent, continuous and down those lines.
“Arteta, by Monday, will have to make a decision.
“I’m sure he absolutely feels ready to be the manager of Arsenal.
“Conversations will take place this weekend and we will hear then.
“After that, we will see where Arsenal go.”
While high-profile names such as Luis Enrique, Massimiliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti appear to be among the front-runners for the Emirates Stadium role, Arteta has emerged as a serious contender.
The 36-year-old ended his career with the Gunners, retiring in 2016 before taking a role on Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City.
After helping the club win a Premier League and Carabao Cup double, Arteta could now be set for a return to north London – especially as he is the preferred candidate of Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
Wenger has insisted ever since it was announced he would leave the club that he would play no part in appointing his successor, but he had kind words for his former skipper.
“He has all the qualities to do the job, yes, and I think as well he is one of the favourites,” the Frenchman told beIN Sports.
“He was a leader, and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why not?
“He has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities.
“I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like (assistant manager) Steve Bould who has six years experience, and (coach) Jens Lehmann too.”