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Arsene Wenger Endorses Idea of Mikel Arteta Succeeding Him

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Anger, intrigue, betrayal - so far, the race to replace Arsene Wenger has all the hallmarks of a good, old-fashioned football saga. An answer to that question could move a step closer today as the Gunners plan discussions with a potential successor.

While high-profile names such as Luis Enrique, Massimiliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti appear to be among the front-runners for the Emirates Stadium role, Arteta has emerged as a serious contender.

Most importantly, he has the characteristics needed to represent Arsenal Football Club: intelligence, quality and class. In England, he secured the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2013-14, but that was his only major honour in 11 years with Premier League sides.

"He has been an assistant of (City manager Pep) Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities".

I think all of them could manage Arsenal, " Pires said in an interview with BT Sport, ass quoted by the ESPN.

Arsenal seem nearly certain to appoint former Gunner and current assistant to Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta, as their new manager next week.

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As Arsenal continue their search for a new manager to succeed Arsene Wenger, it has become clear in recent days that their managerial vacancy has not put any of the club's transfer plans on hold ahead of this summer's window.

Arteta is keen to take up the role and Man City boss Guardiola has insisted he will not stand in his way.

The Spanish midfielder has been sidelined at Arsenal for 18 months with a serious ankle injury but the Independent says he "could be offered a new player-coaching deal" next season - if he wins his fitness battle.

Arsenal have begun their most significant cull of backroom staff for more than two decades as they prepare for a new era after Arsene Wenger's departure.

"There is always something you could have done differently, but the problem of negotiations is to know when you give in and when you don't give in", said Wenger.

"Steve Bould was with me for six years, Jens Lehmann as well". 'That takes a weight off me, because if it doesn't work I'd have felt responsible for it, ' he said.

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