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Arsene Wenger has already backed Mikel Arteta for the Arsenal job and dismissed concerns about the Spaniard’s inexperience.
We understands Arteta is poised to take charge at Arsenal in his first managerial role, although the Gunners are yet to agree compensation with Manchester City.
The former Arsenal captain has served as Pep Guardiola’s No.2 at City and there are concerns about Arteta’s lack of experience with the club in turmoil.
Unai Emery got the job ahead of Arteta 18 months ago, but oversaw a dismal reign that culminated in his sacking last month.
Arteta has sought assurances from Arsenal about transfers and job security, with the Gunners languishing in tenth place in the Premier League.
Wenger spoke highly of Arteta when he was first linked with the position and insisted he was a good fit for the London club.
‘He has all the qualities to do the job,’ Wenger said in 2018. ‘And I see as well that he’s one of the favourites [to replace me]. He was a leader.
‘He has a good passion for the game. He knows what is important to the club. He was captain of the club. So, why not?’ Arsenal chiefs held a late night meeting at Arteta’s home on Sunday night, reportedly ironing out the details of his arrival.
Chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and chief contract negotiator, Huss Fahmy, were snapped leaving Arteta’s house just hours after City thrashed Arsenal 3-0.
Arsenal are hopeful of reaching an agreement with Arteta this week, but City are angry the Gunners did not made formal contact before meeting with their assistant coach.
Arteta’s imminent arrival has sparked concern from the squad, with a number of players approaching the board urging them to reconsider.
The squad are in agreement they need an experienced coach and have asked for Carlo Ancelotti to be given the job over Arteta.