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Arsene Wenger reveals why he's backing Man City coach

Arsene Wenger reveals why he's backing Man City coach

It is understood the former midfield hardman, who made 406 appearances for the club, was angered by the token gesture with Arteta nearly certain to be given the gig. An answer to that question could move a step closer today as the Gunners plan discussions with a potential successor. According to The Independent, Arteta "is very close to becoming the next Arsenal manager", with club CEO Ivan Gazidis convinced that "no candidate ticks the boxes like the 36-year-old does", despite the Spaniard boasting little managerial experience.

The failure to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Arsenal when he had the chance still rankles with Arsene Wenger after the former Gunners boss labelled it his biggest transfer regret during his time as at the club.

Club captain Per Mertesacker will now retire from his playing duties and assume a new role as manager of Arsenal's academy, whilst fellow centre back Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out until December with his Achilles injury. Having won three league titles during his first eight years at the famous old ground, it was decided that Arsenal needed to be re-modernised, and the Emirates was the flawless arena for that to take place.

Former Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made a fantastic start to his Arsenal career, and his contract details at the London club have now reportedly been revealed.

'Overall he has the qualities but I don't want to influence that publicly.

The front-runners remain former players Mikel Arteta-currently right-hand man to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City-and fans' favourite Patrick Vieira, who is manager at MLS outfit New York City.

Keep checking NIGERIA NEWS for the latest details on the Arsenal Manager job.

"He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites", said Wenger speaking to Bein Sports.

The first team coach is credited with the development of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, who were mostly known for their pace in 2016 but have vastly improved their productivity since Arteta came into the coaching setup.

"What we have done this season, Mikel his contribution was outstanding, amazing, we work together so good", he said.

Arsenal meanwhile have sacked all their backroom staff, including the medical team except goalkeeping coach Jens Lehmann and Wenger's assistant Steve Bould as the side continues to clear the decks for the new management.

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