Arsenal Close to Appointing Mikel Arteta as New Boss

Arsenal Close to Appointing Mikel Arteta as New BossArsenal Close to Appointing Mikel Arteta as New Boss

Arsenal will appoint Mikel Arteta as the new boss… but only if they approve of the Spaniard’s backroom team choices.

The Manchester City coach, 36, could be appointed Gunners boss as early as next week with a star-studded coaching team to follow.

Thierry Henry and Santi Cazorla have been tipped to join Arteta at the Emirates as Arsenal edges closer to a brave new world post-Arsene Wenger.

However, it is unlikely Henry would consider any position as No. 2, having been considered for the top job at one stage, The Sun reported.

The French boss, 68, is in the process of leaving North London after 22 long years at the Gunners.

Arsenal originally turned to Massimiliano Allegri as his replacement – only for the Italian to commit his future to Juventus for at least another year.

Other names including Julian Nagelsmann and Leonardo Jardim were tipped to take over from Wenger.

But it is Pep Guardiola’s No. 2 – and former Arsenal midfielder – Arteta who is on the brink of replacing the veteran Frenchman.

With the deal almost sealed, the only potential stumbling block surrounds the Spanish coach’s backroom team.

Arsenal is preparing for a major coaching overhaul – with Arteta potentially opting to plump for former team mates Cazorla and Henry. Cazorla will move into coaching after his last few years at Arsenal were blighted by injury, while Henry currently serves as assistant to Roberto Martinez in Belgium.

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