Wenger Says Arteta Has Qualities To Be Manager

Doug Mendoza
May 18, 2018

Former Arsenal player, and current Manchester City assistant manager, Mikel Arteta is the current favourite for the role, with the Spaniard held in high regard by Wenger and Pep Guardiola.

Arteta has spent the past two seasons as a coach under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Nevertheless, perhaps Arteta fits the mould of what they're looking for moving forward, and in truth, it would be a tough challenge for any manager to step in after 22 years of Wenger at Arsenal as there will undoubtedly be a hard transitional period to follow as the new boss implements his own ideas.

And Wenger told beIN SPORTS: 'Arteta has all the qualities to do the job.

"I don't want to influence that decision - it's important they make their choice in an objective way and I don't want anything I say to be misconstrued".

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"But they didn't ask me, so that takes the weight away from me..."

That's the view of the Frenchman who is leaving Arsenal after 22 years in charge of the north Londoners.

"It's just too soon to know what I will do next", he said.

"The Premier League is the most attractive place to be, but managing in different cultures and environments is something that is very interesting", he said. "I haven't even emptied my desk yet and in a way I am still in a state of shock". 'That takes a weight off me, because if it doesn't work I'd have felt responsible for it, ' he said. I have lived and breathed football all these years and it's a passion. I get bored. I need to be doing something. Wenger's assistant Steve Bould has been offered a new role pending the next manager's approval, but he has not yet indicated a definite willingness to stay himself and is understood to be weighing up a potential position at Stoke City.

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