Mikel Arteta to Arsenal: Aftv host has heard when Gunners may make manager announcement

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Arsenal could announce the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their next manager on Thursday, according to the founder of Gunners fan channel AFTV, Robbie Lyle.

Arteta is now the overwhelming favourite to become the next Arsenal boss. Gunners chiefs met with the Spaniard on Sunday night at his home in Manchester to discuss his appointment.

Arteta is the current assistant first-team coach at Manchester City and Arsenal have contacted City over the availability of the 37-year-old, according to Sky Sports.

And speaking about the news on AFTV on Monday, Lyle claims he has heard Arsenal are looking to confirm Arteta’s arrival on Thursday.

Arteta spent five years as a player at Arsenal before retiring in 2016, winning two FA Cups under Arsene Wenger.

The former Rangers and Everton midfielder was the Gunners’ club captain for the final two years of his time at the club.

And ex-Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas is excited by the potential of Arteta being the permanent successor to the sacked Unai Emery.

“Obviously Mikel Arteta has been a captain at the club, he knows how to lead the team, in my opinion he’s worked under the best coach on the planet,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“Pep Guardiola said yesterday he believes he’s ready to be a No 1, then let’s get the deal done.

“I would be very excited about the prospects of this.

“I think there’s a question mark beside it because it will take him time.

“He will have to identify, and obviously he’s seen it first hand yesterday, how bad Arsenal truly are at the moment, how low they’ve become.

“The confidence has drained, even the forward players don’t look exciting, the choice of team is all over the place.

“They’re a broken team, they’re a broken club at the moment and someone has to repair it.

“What I would say is there is some fine young talent there, so you can work on the basis of that.

“He’ll have to add to it, there’s no doubt about that also.

“Yes it’s a risk but Unai Emery came from PSG and he ended up not being very good for us to take us forward.

“So it’s a risk we have to take. We have to get a manager in and we have to do it now.”

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