Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta is almost certain to join Manchester City when the current season comes to an end as Arsene Wenger moved to confirm that the veteran footballer will not be staying at the Emirates in any capacity.
The Arsenal captain will soon see his contract with the club come to an end and it appears that he will hang up his boots this summer and take up a coaching role.
According to reports, Mikel Arteta is expected to join Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City, becoming yet another Gunners to move to Etihad Stadium.
The pair knows each other from their time at Barcelona and everything suggests they will be reunited at Manchester City this summer.
Arsene Wenger has paid respect to Mikel Arteta, but also Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini, for their contribution to the club as the trio is set to be released at the end of the season.
“All these players we have to decide do they go on with their careers as football players or as a coach,” Wenger was quoted as saying.
“Mikel Arteta is captain of the club and has been a great leader. Tomas Rosicky has been with us 10 years, everybody loves him as well. Flamini has been a strong leader on and off the pitch, so we lose three big personalities.”
Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton in August 2011 and he went on to make 109 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, scoring 14 goals in the process.