Arsenal close to appointing 36-year-old as new manager – report

Arsenal are close to appointing Mikel Arteta as the club's new manager, say reports

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Arsene Wenger stood down this month Photo: The Sport Review

Arsenal are “very close” to appointing Mikel Arteta as the north London club’s new manager, according to reports in the British media.

The Independent is reporting that the Gunner have singled out the 36-year-old former midfielder as the ideal candidate to take over from Arsene Wenger at The Emirates.

According to the same story, no candidate ticks the boxes for the candidate that Arsenal are looking for more than Arteta.

The story also says that it looks “highly unlikely” that the Gunners would be able to come to an agreement with Juventus manager Max Allegri.

Wenger oversaw his final game in charge for Arsenal last weekend when the Gunners beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 in their last match of the Premier League season.

The Frenchman confirmed that he would be stepping down at the end of the campaign after a disappointing run of form over the last two years.

Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign and the Gunners have struggled to challenge for the top-flight trophy in recent seasons.

The north London side will be hoping to assemble a squad capable of at least breaking back into the top four next season after having missed out on Champions League football in the last two years.

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