Former Boss Arsene Wenger has backed Mikel Arteta to succeed him as Arsenal manager amid speculation linking the former Everton star to the currently vacant role at Emirates Stadium.
Arteta has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to succeed Wenger in the past few days with Arsenal having now interviewed all the main candidates for the job.
As reported by The Independent, Arteta is close to reaching an agreement with Arsenal and has already named the backroom staff he would want to bring with him on his return to the club.
In an exclusive interview with BeIN Sports, Wenger said ‘He has all the qualities to do the job,’
‘I think as well he is one of the favourites. He was a leader, and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why Not?’
Arteta, who spent five seasons with the Gunners before retiring in 2016, has been assistant manager to Pep Guardiola for the past two seasons and aided Manchester City to the Premier League title and a record 100 points this season.
The Spaniard has knowledge and understanding of the game with 11 years of top-flight experience behind him.
However, much has been made of Arteta’s lack of managerial experience, with many supporters hoping for a manager with a longer CV, such as Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.
Wenger agreed to an extent but felt he has left enough wise heads behind who can provide the required backbone of experience to allow Arteta to grow into the position.
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