Looks like destiny finally has it say. After missing out on the Arsenal job last year to Unai Emery, Mikel Arteta is expected to be announced as new Arsenal manager by tomorrow morning. He’s expected to be in the dugout when the struggling North London side face rejuvenated Everton side for Lunch time kickoff on Saturday.
The Spaniard spent the last 5 years of his footballing career between 2011-2016 at Arsenal, he ended up captaining the side in the latter years of his career. After his retirement he joined Pep Guardiola at Manchester City as Assistant manager. The Spaniard has been integral to City’s success under Guardiola and was considered by many to be a long-term replacement for the City manager. Pep Guardiola recently described him as an “incredible person” and praised him for his good ethics.
Arteta has had myriad approbations thrown at him for the wonderful development of players like Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus etc. A chore he’s expected to continue when he takes charge of the North London side with young players with good potentials like Gabriel Martinelli, Matteo Guendouzi, Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe etc.
Mikel Arteta will bid farewell to his friends in the blue side of the country Manchester after the game against Oxford, before heading to London to sign a contact until 2023.
Arteta is expected to turn around the fortunes of his former side. Arsenal has won just one of their last 12 games in all competitions, their only victory came against fellow London strugglers Westham United. Arteta kicks off his managerial career away at Everton, a club he spent 8 years at and captained.