Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta has been speaking about how close he came to taking the Arsenal job when Arsene Wenger left.
As per SER Catalunya, via the Daily Miror, Arteta has lifted the lid on the close shave with the hotseat at the club he captained.
He said: “I was about to leave [for Arsenal], but I stopped myself. The first [time] was different, the second [Newcastle] was mostly me.
“Firstly, that I am not in a hurry and I have not felt that I need to take the step. There are important conditions, especially in a first experience for me that are vital and eventually, I learned that these are essential to develop what you want, no matter how clear your vision is.”
TBR’s View – Arteta would have been overwhelmed by taking the Arsenal job as his first managerial role
Arteta is doing a fantastic job as City’s assistant – and perhaps he will end up taking over from Pep Guardiola if the reigning champions don’t want to rock the boat at all.
But coming in at Arsenal, where such major changes were needed and taking over from such a legendary manager under a fanbase which was in mutiny would have been too much.
Unai Emery may not have the absolute answer to all Arsenal’s problems, but he has experience and the battle-weariness to deal with the pressure at a top club. Arteta still has all of that to come.