There are strong rumours circulating that the Arsenal board would like to employ Mikel Arteta as a replacement for current French manager Arsene Wenger.
During last summer Wenger signed a two-year extension to his current contract with Arsenal, and it is widely believed that when the extension expires, he will stand down as manager. The Arsenal board of directors are reportedly interested in taking on Mikel Arteta to take Wenger’s place.
Arteta captained Arsenal for two years and is now becoming highly regarded as a coach under the watchful eye of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Coach at City makes an excellent entry on Arteta's CV.
The Spaniard chose to go to Manchester City upon his retirement as a player, despite being offered coaching roles by both Wenger and Pochettino.
It is being suggested that Man City could remain unbeaten for the entire season if they can maintain their form, something that Butch Wilkins was asked about recently. As Wilkins said, if they can manage it, it would be a truly fantastic achievement.
Arteta's reputation, having completed his coaching badges at the Etihad and having been instrumental in City's success, would rate even higher. Arteta is ambitious, and the problem he faces at City is that the board are trying to extend Guardiola's contract which would cut off any chance of further advancement with the club in the short term.
If this proves to be the case, then the departure of Arsene Wenger could indeed be opportune.
According to reports, the Arsenal board have considered other replacements for Wenger in the past, and these include the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Leonardo Jardim, and Thomas Tuchel. None of them quite came up to the mark.
Mikel Arteta, on the other hand, is of interest at several levels There is, however, a fly in the ointment by way of Josh Kroenke, non-executive director and majority shareholder. He is a big fan of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, and he is in favour of recruiting the Frenchman to join the current Wenger set-up so he can learn the ropes in-situ and take over as manager when Wenger's contract extension expires.
In the meantime, it is being said that Arsene Wenger is currently involved in trying to sign Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany as part of a deal in the January transfer window if City decide to take Sanchez of Arsenal's hands.
City coach Guardiola was trying to sign Sanchez earlier on in the summer. But of course with Sanchez’s contract due to expire at the end of this season, he will then be a free agent. However, it is expected that City, rather than wait several more months, will actually make a bid for Sanchez in January, something that Arsene Wenger is almost certain to welcome.