A report from the Sunday Mirror has revealed the key reason behind Mikel Arteta taking the Arsenal job.
Arteta finally sealed a deal to become the new Gunners boss last week. The Spaniard returns to one of his former clubs, taking over from Freddi Ljungberg, who had been in temporary charge.
However, it took some persuading for Arteta to leave behind Man City and Pep Guardiola.
But this latest report suggests that Arteta’s mind was made up after a decision from the City end. It is believed that the Manchester club could not promise Arteta the manager’s job if Pep Guardiola does leave.
This decision seems to have tipped the Spaniard in favour of signing for the Gunners.
Guardiola going nowhere
The City boss is already contracted until 2021 at the Etihad. That in itself means it would have been a good two years before Arteta even got a sniff.
Furthermore, Guardiola has already hinted he might look to extend his stay in Manchester.
Reports in November claimed the City boss is keen on renewing his deal. City would not turn down the chance to extend his contract. Arteta, meanwhile, would have had to remain patient.
It’s a huge first job for Arteta in all honesty. Arsenal fans have grown impatient in recent years.
He needs to get off to a good start to life at the Emirates. He will, of course, be afforded some time. But things can quickly turn sour, as they did for Unai Emery.
We will soon find out if Mikel Arteta has made the right decision or not in joining Arsenal.