Mikel Arteta appointed new Arsenal manager. The former Gunners midfielder moves back to the Emirates Stadium following three-and-a-half years working as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, taking up his first role as a No.1. Mikel Arteta has been appointed as the new Arsenal manager, a year-and-a-half after first missing out on the role.
Arsenal’s board identified Arteta as their first-choice to replace Unai Emery, who was sacked at the end of November following a poor start to the season, mounting fan unrest and the belief that he had lost the confidence of the players in the dressing room. Arteta had come close to taking the job when Emery was appointed, but the Gunners went with the more experienced man.
Former Gunners player Freddie Ljungberg initially took over from Emery on an interim basis, but he was only able to secure one win from his five matches in charge in all competitions. The final one of those games was the 3-0 loss to Manchester City last weekend, after which the Gunners board stepped up their efforts to appoint Arteta. The arrival of the 37-year-old is seen as a gamble by some given his managerial inexperience, but Arteta is rated very highly within football.
As well as working under Guardiola he also has the experience of coming through the Barcelona academy as a player, while he spent five years under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal before retiring in 2016. Arteta joined the Gunners from Everton in August 2011 and went on to play 149 games for the club in all competitions, scoring 16 goals.
He was appointed as the club’s new captain ahead of the 2014/15 season, although injury restricted his appearances in his final two seasons. Arteta will oversee first Gunners game as boss at his former club Everton on Saturday afternoon, although he will be taking a watching brief from the stands.
Source – msn.com
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