The Sun is reporting that the Manchester City assistant manager is on Arsenal’s list of potential replacements for Emery if the Gunners lose patience with their current manager.
The same article states that Arteta was disappointed to miss out on becoming Arsene Wenger’s replacement at The Emirates in May 2018 after the Frenchman left the north London club.
According to the same story, Newcastle United approached Arteta in the summer but Pep Guardiola’s number two turned down the Magpies due to concerns about whether the club was the right fit for him.
The Sun report goes on to quote an unnamed source within Manchester City as saying:
“Mikel loves working at City and learning from the best manager in the world in Pep.
“Everyone knows he wants to be his own man one day, though.
“Mikel still has a lot of affection for Arsenal from his playing days there.
“He knows City would never dream of standing in the way of his ambitions if an attractive offer came from a top club.
“That’s not how they work, nor Pep. They want to empower people and see them get on.
“It was the same with Patrick Vieira when he was behind the scenes at City before wanting to manage at New York City FC.”
Arteta spent five seasons at Arsenal after Wenger signed the Spanish midfielder in a £10m deal from Premier League rivals Everton in 2011.
The Spanish playmaker won two FA Cups during his five-year stint at The Emirates.
Arteta netted 34 times in 209 games in all competitions during his eight-season stay at Everton.
Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and eight points behind Arteta’s current employers Manchester City in fourth spot.
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