Arsenal have a huge summer awaiting them as they will need to appoint a successor to Arsene Wenger and rebuild a squad that has missed out on Champions League football for the second season in a row.
It won’t be an easy task and the board must act swiftly to make sure the club are prepared for the 2018/19 campaign.
Considering Wenger’s departure was announced weeks ago, Arsenal should have made progress in their search for a replacement.
There will be a number of names under consideration and it is important that they do their due diligence to ensure they can start to move in the right direction again.
BBC Sport report that Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta is one of the options being considered by the hierarchy at the Emirates Stadium.
As a former player, he would be well received by the fanbase, but it would represent a huge gamble by the club.
The 36-year-old was part of the playing staff under Arsene Wenger as recently as 2016.
Although he will know the problems that exist at the club, he may struggle to exert the authority to correct them considering many of the current squad were his peers.
It has only been two years since the Spaniard retired from playing and he wouldn’t have expected to be in the running for a job of this size this soon.
Upon retiring, he took up a coaching role at Manchester City and the experience will stand him in good stead to move into management one day.
After all, he is working with one of the best managers of all-time in Pep Guardiola and Arteta will have played a role in the team’s record-breaking Premier League season.
That coupled with his history with Arsenal makes him an attractive left-field option for the Gunners.
However, the size of the risk attached to an appointment means that the club should look elsewhere this summer.
The club will want stability, but first and foremost, they will want success.
The fact that Arteta has no managerial experience means that he would be learning on the job and the North London side can’t afford to allow that.
Arsenal are a huge club and as the man following Arsene Wenger, the next manager will be scrutinised closely.
It would be a job better suited to a manager with experience and know-how at the top level.
The article goes on to mention both Luis Enrique and Massimiliano Allegri. Either of them would be a better appointment for Arsenal at this time, as they have both managed big clubs previously.
For Arteta, the fact that he is being linked to a job like Arsenal shows how highly he is thought of within the game.
If he wants to go into management, he needs to leave Manchester City and gain experience as a number one.
If he does that, whether it be in England or abroad, he could be ready to take the hot-seat at the Emirates Stadium at a later date.