Reports are strong that Mikel Arteta will become Arsenal’s new manager.
The Spaniard was on the bench for Manchester City’s Carabao Cup clash with Oxford United on Wednesday, but it is understood that that was his final game as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.
BBC Sport report that paperwork is being finalised, and the 37-year-old will supposedly be confirmed sometime later in the week.
Arteta, of course, was an Arsenal player for five years and will now be tasked with reigniting the club’s hopes of getting back into the Champions League.
He’ll have a huge job on turning around the form of some players.
One man who could really benefit from having Arteta on board who few have really spoken about, is loan star Dani Ceballos.
TBR’s view – Ceballos could be big beneficiary
Ceballos could be aided massively by the arrival of Arteta.
The 23-year-old has struggled to be consistent for the Gunners so far, but Arteta’s influence could be the making of him at the Emirates.
Ceballos’ compatriot Arteta played the same position as he does, and likely has many pearls of wisdom to pass on about the role.
Under Unai Emery he was sometimes used in slightly the wrong position further forward – perhaps Arteta will address that and deploy him as a number eight where he is more effective.