Arsenal star would consider management role

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Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has revealed he would consider a move into management once he's finished on the pitch.

The Spain midfielder has quickly established himself as a vital part of Arsene Wenger's midfield since making the move from Everton last summer. The 30-year-old still has plenty of years ahead of him, and was recently appointed Arsenal vice-captain - a measure of how well he's settled in at the Emirates Stadium.

But Arteta admitted he could one day find himself following in Arsene Wenger's footsteps and ending up in the dugout.

"I don't know [if I will be a manager], it's a big thing nowadays because it's really demanding," Arteta told

"I think the job has changed a lot in the last few years - you can see the stress and the responsibility managers have."

The Spaniard played under David Moyes at Everton, and had a spell in Scotland with Rangers and France with Paris St Germain.

But despite his globetrotting, Arteta is yet to receive recognition at home. The Arsenal star does not have a cap for Spain, and although he has a handful of under-21 appearances, the midfielder playmaker has found it difficult to dislodge the midfield titans in front of him for his country, the likes of Xavi, Sergio Busquets, and Xabi Alonso.

New Arsenal recruit Santi Cazorla recently stated he thinks Arteta deserves a call-up, and that aim may still be an ambition before Arteta considers any move in management.

The Gunners have seen several stars swap the pitch for the dugout following professional retirement, including Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp and Steve Bould, and Arsenal goalscoring legend Thierry Henry recently revealed he'd love to manage the Gunners one day.

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