ARSENAL chief executive Ivan Gazidis wants Mikel Arteta to replace Arsene Wenger.
That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Aidan Magee.
Wenger will leave the Gunners this summer after 22 years in north London.
Numerous managers have been tipped to replace the Frenchman at the Emirates this summer, with Arteta, Luis Enrique and Patrick Vieira all on Arsenal’s shortlist.
However, Sky Sports reporter Magee says Gazidis’s top choice is Arteta, who spent five years at Arsenal before retiring in 2016.
“He is believed to prefer Mikel Arteta, former club captain at Arsenal of course, former Everton and Rangers midfielder, as his preferred choice to replace Arsene Wenger,” Magee said.
“Gazidis has said already the club has got to be bold hasn’t he in their search for a new manager.
He believes Arteta has the credentials to succeed in the role.
“We also know today Gazidis briefed 200 members of staff at the Emirates and he outlined how painstaking Arsenal’s search for a new manager was going to be.
“Prior to Friday’s announcement the club had said they hadn’t began their search for a new manager out of respect to Wenger. That process has changed now and is already underway.”
Arteta, 36, is currently a coach at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.