Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their new manager on a three-and-half-year contract.
The now-former Manchester City assistant manager has agreed to take over from Unai Emery, who was sacked a few weeks ago.
Josh Kroenke, who spoke on behalf of the Arsenal board welcomed the former midfielder, saying they were confident he will deliver, further thanking Freddie Ljungberg for his role as interim manager.
“We’re delighted to be bringing Mikel back to Arsenal. He knows our expectations and those of our fans around the world are high and we are confident he can play a lead role in taking the club back to the levels we all demand.
“I also want to thank Freddie Ljungberg for skilfully guiding us through the last three weeks. He stepped up at short notice and has helped us through this difficult period with great professionalism.”
Arteta, who has worked under Pep Guardiola for three years now, was equally elated for the 'honour', but was also quick to point out the work ahead of them.
“This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”
Arteta played for the Gunners for five seasons from 2011 to 2016, captaining them to two FA Cups.
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