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Mikel Arteta joins Pep Guardiola's coaching team

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It looked like Mikel Arteta's emotional goodbye to Arsenal supporters just a month ago would be the last time he would appear at the Emirates after his contract expired at the end of last season.

But according to The Mirror, the former Gunners captain will return during the next campaign - just in the opposing dugout.

Despite a last-ditch attempt to keep him at the club with a role in the academy, Arteta has chosen to move north and link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

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An announcement is expected imminently to confirm the new City boss' decision to bring his former Barcelona academy teammate to the Etihad as part of his coaching team.

The recently retired Spaniard decided to hang up his boots after a frustrating couple of years at Arsenal as he suffered from various injuries and increased competition for places - limiting the number of first team opportunities.

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Mauricio Pochettino was also reportedly interested in bringing Arteta across north London but the lure of working with one of the most successful managers in the world proved enough to convince him to join the Citizens.

Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton for £10 million in 2011 and went on to make over 100 league appearances, scoring 14 goals along the way.

The 34-year-old will have to wait until December before he will face his former side at the Etihad and even longer for a return to the Emirates.

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Man City are scheduled to make the journey down on April 1 as announced last week, but as we all know, the power of live television could easily determine the game be moved to another date.

The same report from the Mirror says Arteta's ties with first English club Everton could help City broker a deal for long-term target John Stones.

The Toffees are understandably reluctant to sell their prized asset but if Arteta can somehow persuade his old club to let Stones leave it will be a major coup for the Spaniard's new side.

Of course, Arteta isn't the first Gunners captain to be employed by Man City in a non-playing capacity.

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Club legend Patrick Vieira finished his career at the Etihad but moved behind the scenes to become the manager of their reserve team in 2013. He has since gone on to take charge of recently formed New York City FC in the MLS and has guided them to third in the Eastern Conference.

Although rumours regarding Arteta's move have been circulating for a few months now, we appear to be just awaiting confirmation and Arsenal fans have been reacting to the news another ex-captain has joined Man City's coaching staff.

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