The Independent’s Miguel Delaney is reporting tonight that Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta is currently in the process of building a backroom staff in preparation for an eventual Arsenal hiring. The Spaniard, now free from his City duties for the summer, has long been linked to a move to Arsenal, and the odds of his appointment have been dramatically slashed in the last week following Max Allegri’s admission that he’s set to stay at Juventus baring the Italian club firing him, along with the apparent rumor that Arteta is extremely keen on succeeding Arsene Wenger.
Delaney also reports that one of the biggest attractions Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis has in Arteta, besides his familiarity with the club, is that his lack of managerial experience would play well within the executive structure Gazidis has spent building the past 8-9 months, brining in the likes of Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi to spearhead general footballing operations and player recruitment, respectively. Arteta, in Gazidis’s opinion, would be free from those distractions and therefore be able to focus largely on coaching.
As has been noted in many other places, Arsenal would prefer to have an appointment made before the World Cup kicks off in early June and, if what Delaney is reporting has an ounce of truth to it, we might well be on our way to knowing who the next Arsenal manager is going to be.