Robert Pires opens up about Mikel Arteta becoming Arsenal manager

Robert Pires believes that Mikel Arteta would be a good fit for the role of new Arsenal manager

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Robert Pires has backed Mikel Arteta as a solid candidate to become the new Arsenal manager.

The former Arsenal captain is widely expected to be confirmed as the man to take over at The Emirates this summer after Arsene Wenger ended his 22-year spell in charge at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old is currently an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City but he is being heavily linked with a move to The Emirates.

Arsenal are believed to be keen to get in place a deal to appoint their new manager before the start of the World Cup in Russia next month, and Arteta appears to be the leading candidate for the job.

And former Gunners midfielder Pires feels that Arteta would be a good fit for the north London side.

Speaking to the Mirror Football podcast, Pires said: “I would agree with the appointment of Mikel Arteta,

“He knows the club, he used to play for Arsenal and he knows the Arsenal philosophy. So yes, he has a good profile to be manager of Arsenal.”

Arsenal have struggled to maintain a title challenge in recent seasons and they ended up in a disappointing sixth place this term.

The north London side have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign, when Pires was still playing for the club.

Arsenal are likely to be linked with a host of players during the summer transfer window as they look to overhaul their squad.

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