Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis is set to recommend Mikel Arteta for the manager spot to Stan Kroenke once Arsene Weger leaves at the end of the season, according to a Sky Sports report.
The former Arsenal captain has a growing reputation of bringing something new to the table and has some coaching experience, having worked with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. According to Gazidis, Arsenal need a bold choice and Arteta is a man that possesses the quality to bring success to the Emirates.
The club had avoided discussing the position with potential candidates before Wenger made his announcement out of respect for the Frenchman’s contribution to the club, but Gazidis, head of football operations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat are set to begin the search now.
On the other hand, Sky Sports believe that Sanllehi, who worked as a director of football at Barcelona, would prefer Luis Enrique for the post. Enrique won two La Liga titles and a Champions League with the Catalan club, and as Guillem Balague reported earlier, he would love the job, as he’s looking for an opportunity to return to management, preferably in England.
There have been reports that Mislintat wants either Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann or Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco, but to be honest it’s starting to sound as if every man wants someone from his own former surroundings at this point, as Mislintat himself came to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund.
Be that as it may, Sky Sports say Gazidis held a meeting with 200 members of Arsenal staff on Monday, where he briefed them all on the way the club’s search for Wenger’s successor will be put into action. They also believe that the Brendan Rodgers and Rafa Benitez, two former Liverpool managers currently at Celtic and Newcastle respectively, are not considered as serious candidates for the job.
Meanwhile, Wenger still has some work to do. His team can be backed at 31/20 to win the first leg of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid on Thursday.