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Mikel Arteta seems to be moving ever closer to the Arsenal manager’s job and while fans debate the merits of having him take over from their most successful manager ever, Arsene Wenger thinks the Spaniard will do ‘very well’.
Since leaving Arsenal, Wenger has not spoken about Arteta, but we know from his comments when the midfielder was still at the club that he rates him very highly.
With just two years’ experience at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, he has not taken charge of a single competitive football match, but that doesn’t seem to be bothering Ivan Gazidis who is looking for a head coach, not a manager.
“First of all, he [Arteta] was the captain of the team, so he has leadership qualities,” Wenger said to Arsenal Player almost two years ago.
“He is a winner and he is focused every day to do well.
“He has an impact on his partners. That is a little bit difficult to explain sometimes, but I believe he is highly focused on football. He has a passion, like Spanish people do, for the game.
“When you get to 30 you start to envisage your life and your future without playing football.
“Slowly it matures inside you and there was never a doubt in my mind, the way I see him behave every day, that he would finish in football, and I think he will do very well.”
Rumours that Arteta could become Arsenal manager started with an exclusive from the Telegraph at the end of December.
At the time, it was a report that was well-received by Arsenal fans, if this is anything to go by. Ex-player, currently working under one of the best managers in world football. What more could you want, eh?
I can see why Arsenal fans would want Arteta, but if they wanted an ex-player who’s been an assistant to one of the world’s best managers, why not give the job to Steve Bould?
Same thing, right?