Wenger's verdict on potential Mikel Arteta appointment at Arsenal
Wenger's verdict on potential Mikel Arteta appointment at Arsenal
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Wenger's verdict on potential Mikel Arteta appointment at Arsenal

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Mikel Arteta to succeed at the club if and when he gets the appointment as the new manager.

The Spaniard has emerged as a frontrunner for the post, which was left vacant following Unai Emery’s sacking a few weeks ago.

Club legend Freddie Ljungberg has been at the helm on an interim basis, with the search for a new coach said to be nearing completion.

Arteta, who is currently the Manchester City assistant manager, has been targeted ad a possible replacement, and reports indicate that the two parties have reached an agreement over the same. 

Wenger, who spoke on Sky Sports indicated he was in support of Ljungberg at the moment, but will be behind Arteta if given the job.

"Look I am an Arsenal supporter, I said that in my last speech," he told Sky Sports.

"At the moment I support the manager in charge, and the manager in charge is [Freddie] Ljungberg. When Arteta will be in charge, I will support Arteta.

"He is intelligent, he has passion, he has knowledge, but Ljungberg [does] as well.

"I believe that Arteta has certainly a great future, he has certainly learned a lot in his first position as an assistant coach and after that as well he will have to deal with the fact that he has no experience at that level and he will have to get surrounded well.

"For the rest, of course Arsenal is going through a very difficult period so it’s better I don’t comment too much on that and I just suffer like every supporter."

The former midfielder could be installed as the new manager before their next Premier League match against Everton, who are also in the search for Marco Silva’s replacement.

Carlo Ancelotti is the leading candidate, having reportedly held initial talks over the same.

The post fell vacant following Marco Silva’s exit.

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