Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly desperate to land the managerial role at his former club, Arsenal.
The Gunners are in search of a permanent manager following the departure of Unai Emery two weeks ago, and his Spanish counterpart is keen on taking over the role.
According to The Sun, Arteta will, however, seek assurances over the long-term project before taking over at the helm.
Arteta is on a 12-man shortlist for the job, which also includes the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Thomas Tuchel and former Gunner Patrick Vieira.
“Mikel wants the job but wants to know what is on offer and guarantees from them. He will then speak to the club. Nothing is going to happen before the end of this week from what we can tell," a source was quoted as saying.
“Mikel is conflicted because of his relationship with Pep and feeling for City after the years there,"
“He has been excellent since he got here and there is a feeling he is going to be a top manager one day.”
The post was left vacant following the dismissal of Emery after 18 months in charge, with the club registering dismal results over the period.
Freddie Ljungberg was given the role on an interim basis and won his first match, and Arsenal's first since September, on Monday against West Ham.
Arteta captained the Gunners and won two FA Cup titles before leaving to join Pep Guardiola at City.