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ARSENAL chief executive Ivan Gazidis wants Mikel Arteta to replace the outgoing Arsene Wenger, according to reports.
Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after almost 22 years at the club.
Arteta spent five years as a player with the Gunners before retiring in 2016.
He has been part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff at Manchester City for the last two seasons.
And Sky Sports claims Gazidis wants Arteta to return and be the man to take on the unenviable task of replacing Wenger.
“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,” Sky Sports reporter Aidan Magee said.
“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.”
“We are told the choice of Arteta isn’t echoed by everybody at Arsenal,” he added.
“It’s not echoed by Sanllehi, the former Barcelona director of football, he favours the appointment of his former colleague Luis Enrique.
“Sven Mislintat is reportedly keen on Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann and Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco.”