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MIKEL ARTETA may struggle to adapt to the transition from assistant to manager if he replaces Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
That is the opinion of ESPN FC pundit and former Major League Soccer Alejandro Moreno.
Arteta is the odds-on favourite to take over at Arsenal, with Wenger set to leave the club this week.
The Spaniard is yet to manage and has only worked as assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City since retiring in 2016.
Moreno says the lack of experience is one issue, but reckons the difference between working as a No 2 and being a manager is the biggest obstacle to overturn.
“Yeah, to some degree (the lack of experience is a negative),” he said.
“There’s something to be said about leading a locker room. It’s a whole lot easier to be the assistant.
“Players can go to the assistant, he sort of serves as a bridge between the manager and the players.
“You’re sometimes the players’ buddy.
“Now you’re the guy making decisions, you’re the guy taking a stance.
“And at that point you’re not nearly as popular because the moment you leave players off the field, all of a sudden you’re not as likeable as you once were.
“So handling that transition is tricky and only the really good ones make it a successful transition.”