Since leaving Arsenal in May 2018, Arsene Wenger has found himself a new job as Fifa’s chief of global football development. He appears to still be keeping an eye on his former club, and has issued a warning to Mikel Arteta, who looks set to become the new Arsenal manager.
The Spaniard, who has most recently been in an assistant manager role at Manchester City, will be taking his first job in management. It is a tough situation to come into, with the Gunners sitting ninth in the Premier League and struggling for consistent form.
Former manager and club legend Wenger has given his opinion this week on the possibility of Arteta joining the club. He feels that it has the potential to be a very good appointment, but only if the inexperienced manager gets the right support and backing from the Arsenal hierarchy.
As reported by the BBC, Wenger said: ”He’s intelligent, he has passion and knowledge – but so does Ljungberg. Mikel Arteta has a great future. He learned a lot in his position as assistant coach. He will have to deal with the fact that he has no experience at that level. He will have to be surrounded by a good environment at the club.”
If the 37-year-old does come in at the Emirates, he will have some big decisions to make. The futures of Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira are in particular doubt, and Arteta will have to quickly decide if he wants to convince them to stay, or how he is going to replace them.
Arsenal fans will be hoping some of Pep Guardiola’s management expertise have rubbed off on the Spaniard during their time together at Manchester City.