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Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil was quick to send a message to the Gunners new head coach after Mikel Arteta’s appointment was finally confirmed. The Spaniard replaces Unai Emery, who was sacked by the Gunners at the end of last month.
Arteta has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal in his first role as a No 1.
He was previously assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City but has now returned to Arsenal, where he shone and a player.
And Ozil, whose future has reportedly been under threat at Arsenal, was quick to send a message to former Gunners team-mate Arteta.
The German tweeted: “Welcome back to the @Arsenal family!”
Head of football at Arsenal Raul Sanllehi revealed the club had interviewed other names before opting to pursue Arteta.
“We met several top-class candidates and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us,” he said.
“Mikel understands Arsenal Football Club and what it means to our fans around the world.
“We look forward to him getting down to work and bringing the best out of our squad as we work to get our season back on track.”
And Arteta opened up on the chat he had with owners the Kroenkes ahead of taking the job.
Arteta said: “This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it.
“I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”
Arteta will officially take the reins on Sunday, meaning that Freddie Ljungberg will take charge against Everton on Saturday.
It is the Spaniard’s first No 1 role having impressed under Guardiola at the Etihad.
He shone as a player at Arsenal and will now be hoping to do the same as a head coach.