Mikel Arteta’s comments shows he could get the best from Saka and Martinelli amid Arsenal links

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Mikel Arteta’s track record of working with young players and improving them is one of the reasons the Manchester City assistant coach has been linked with the Arsenal job.

According to reports, City would not stand in Arteta’s way if he was offered the chance to replace Unai Emery, with the Gunners boss under severe pressure after a dreadful run of results.

Former Arsenal midfielder Arteta spent five years in north London before leaving to become Pep Guardiola’s assistant coach at City, with the 37-year-old playing a key role in the club’s back-to-back Premier

According to  The Sun , City would allow their coach to join the Gunners should an offer arrive, with a source saying: ‘He [Arteta] knows City would never dream of standing in the way of his ambitions if an attractive offer came from a top club.’

The Spaniard was thought to be a serious contender for the Arsenal job in May 2018 when Arsene Wenger left the club, but the Gunners chose Emery after a lengthy interview process.

Despite some initial success and a 22-game unbeaten run last season, Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League and a current run of just six wins in their last 19 Premier League game this season has seen Emery being given a public vote of confidence.

The Gunners head coach has struggled to get the best out of club record signing Nicolas Pepe, with the Ivorian dropped to the bench in the recent games against Wolves and Leicester.

But with Arteta’s track record working with young wingers, there is reason to believe the City assistant coach could improve the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Pepe.

Arteta previously spoke about how he and the other City staff had to iron out the bad habits in Raheem Sterling’s game.

The former Liverpool winger moved to the Etihad in 2015 and endured a difficult first season on the back of his high-profile transfer and failed to find consistency under Manuel Pellegrini.

He has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most productive forwards in Europe, but not without some considerable help from Guardiola’s backroom staff – notably Arteta.

“He’d picked up a few bad habits along the way,” Arteta explained in a book titled ‘Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam’.

“He’d played on the inside a lot or out on the left wing. When you move to the right wing, the direction and angle of possession coming to you is very different.

“When the ball reached him he really had his gaze fixed on it – rather than half-touch instinctive control and the vision of what’s around him.”

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