Arsenal 'to accelerate Mikel Arteta appointment'

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta

Arteta has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to succeed Wenger in the past few days and Arsenal have now interviewed all of the main candidates.

Mikel Arteta is expected to be unveiled as the new Arsenal manager this month after the club made it clear that Patrick Vieira is not seriously in their thoughts.

He said: 'I have seen the shortlist: Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta - why not?

'With Vieira - and this is only my opinion - yes.

He has worked as a coach for just two seasons, most notably at Manchester City who were recently crowned Premier League champions.

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And according to the Independent, the first thing the Spaniard will look to do at the Emirates is offer his former Arsenal teammate a job in his backroom staff - presenting Cazorla with a solution to his ongoing injury problems.

Arteta finished his playing career at Arsenal in 2016 after a five-year spell at the Emirates Stadium where he scored 14 times in 110 appearances and was quickly named as Guardiola's assistant coach on his appointment at the Etihad Stadium.

'He is doing very well with New York City, and he told me the job is very hard and difficult.

Following a stunning sendoff in recent weeks as he stepped away from Arsenal after nearly 22 years in the job, the legendary French manager has revealed he seems himself staying in the game.

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