Arsenal earmark Spaniard as their number one choice for new manager – report

Arsenal have picked Mikel Arteta as their number one choice to take over from Arsene Wenger, say reports

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsenal have selected Mikel Arteta as the leading candidate to take over from Arsene Wenger this summer, according to reports in the British media.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has picked Arteta as the leading candidate to become the north London club’s new boss after Wenger ended his 22-year reign at The Emirates this summer.

According to the same story, the north London club are keen to appoint a younger coach with a fresh approach and former midfielder Arteta is now the leading candidate.

The same story says that both Arteta and former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira are the two main candidates to take over at The Emirates if the Gunners do indeed move to appoint a younger manager.

Gazidis is thought to be keen on appointing a younger manager and sees Arteta as the ideal man to take over at the north London club.

Arsenal will be looking to appoint a manager capable of leading the Gunners to a Premier League title challenge, with the Gunners having failed to challenge for the title in recent seasons.

The north London club have not lifted the Premier League trophy since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign.

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