Arsene Wenger has clearly supported his former captain – Mikel Arteta to succeed him as Arsenal’s next boss.
Wenger’s 22 years at Arsenal has come to an end, and the North London club has been linked with a host of top managers aroun
However, former Gunners captain, Mikel Arteta look the likeliest to get the job.
When asked for his thoughts on Arteta, Wenger told beIN Sports : “He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and 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?”
At just 36, and with no managerial experience, appointing Arteta the boss at Arsenal could be seen as a major gamble. However, Wenger who joined the Gunners after his 46th birthday and having managed in France and in Japan insists the Spaniard has already acquired enough experience working with him and also with Pep Guardiola.
Wenger added; “I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like Steve Bould who has six years experience, and Jens Lehmann too.”
“He has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities”
The Frenchman maintained that he will not influence the selection process PUBLICLY, but would support any decision taken.
He added: “I don’t want to influence that publicly because for me I believe it is important that they make their choice in an objective way and after once they make a decision I will support them.
Meanwhile, Arteta who is still joint-assistant coach at Manchester City has been backed by Pep Guardiola to succeed IF he joins Arsenal, but insists that he will become the ‘happiest man in the world’ if his compatriot decides to stay at Manchester.
“What we have done this season, Mikel, his contribution was outstanding, amazing,” Guardiola said.
“We were together so good, all the staff, with Mikel. So if he stays I will be happiest guy in the world. If he decides to move because he has this offer, this option, I will not say you don’t have to go [you can’t go].”
Guardiola added; “I want the best for my friends, and he’s a friend of mine, and I want the best”.
“If he decides to go, I will be so sad, but I will understand his decision, because it’s his career, his life, his family. And I am not the right guy to say you don’t have to do that.
But hopefully, hopefully he can stay and finish what we have started together in the coming years.”
Former Everton midfielder – Arteta joined Guardiola’s City coaching staff in 2016 when he retired from playing, having played the final five seasons of his career at Arsenal.