Italy understands Arteta has told City board he wants to leave to become Arsenal boss
Arsenal remain hopeful that Mikel Arteta will be their new head coach in time for the visit to Everton on Saturday.
The current Manchester City assistant is yet to tell his present employers whether he wishes to take up a new role at the Emirates but is expected to make up his mind once Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup trip to Oxford has concluded
City – and in particular manager Pep Guardiola – are keen for Arteta to stay at the Etihad but realise that the offer from north London to take charge of his former club may prove too enticing to turn down.
That included controversial pictures of Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and lawyer Huss Fahmy leaving Arteta’s Manchester home in the early hours of Monday morning, which angered the current Premier League champions.
Arteta has a strong emotional pull to former club Arsenal but is also said to be conscious of the strength of his relationship with Guardiola, who has long-touted Arteta as his potential successor at the Etihad.
“He knows exactly what we would like, but in the end the decision is individual, it is personal,” said Guardiola.
“Nobody is here that doesn’t want to be here. What will happen in the next days? I don’t know, honestly. I would like Mikel to be here.”arsenal mikel arteta,mikel arteta clubs,mikel arteta coach,mikel arteta fifa,mikel arteta images,mikel arteta manager,mikel arteta newcastle,mikel arteta stats,mikel arteta wife,mikel arteta wiki