Former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has agreed a deal to become one of Pep Guardiola’s back room staff and it will be formally announced imminently.
The Spaniard has agreed to become one of Pep Guardiola’s coaches at Manchester City after ending his playing career with Arsenal.
Arteta, 34, was offered a job at Arsenal’s academy as a coach but has opted to link up with his former Barcelona teammate Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Arteta also snubbed an approach from North London rivals Tottenham to join old pal Guardiola who is set to take over the helms of affairs at the Etihad stadium.
Mirror Sport was the first outlet to reveal the move two months ago as both Pep and Mikel know each other from growing up in the Barcelona academy years back.
Arteta is seen as an outstanding future managerial prospect and departed the Emirate stadium on good enough terms to one day potentially return.
One of his first tasks might be to seal the transfer of John Stones from Goodison Park, as Manchester City hope to sign the England international. Arteta had a fantastic career at Everton years back.
Everton are believed to be adamant they will not sell the defender this summer but Manchester City will definitely go for the 22-year-old defender, believing he wants to come.