It’s looking more and more likely that Mikel Arteta will be the next Arsenal manager.
He is the heavy favourite with the bookies and has already been contacted by the board at the Emirates.
Despite being a former player, it seems the majority of Gooners don’t particularly want the Spaniard in charge.
Their reservations are based on the fact that the 36-year-old has no managerial experience and they don’t think he's fit to succeed a manager that was in charge for 22 years.
However, it seems Arteta does have managerial experience - well, one match anyway.
Goal have revealed how Pep Guardiola allowed his coach to take charge of a Manchester City match last season.
The opponents? Arsenal.
City’s title hopes were in tatters in December after defeats to Chelsea and Leicester.
So when the Gunners came to the Etihad Stadium on December 18, City desperately needed all three points.
GUARDIOLA ALLOWED ARTETA TO MANAGE
So what did Guardiola do?
"The team is yours," Guardiola told Arteta in the days leading up to the clash.
Arteta had made such an impression in his first few months at the club and Guardiola trusted him to take charge of the game against his former club.
And Goal’s report explains exactly how Arteta masterminded a victory over Arsene Wenger.
“Hamstrung by injuries and suspensions, and with a decision to scrap a three-man defence already made, Arteta did not have too much room to make sweeping changes, although Kevin De Bruyne started the game on the left of a front three, with Leroy Sane on the right and Raheem Sterling through the middle - the first time he had been used in such a role that season,” Goal state
“Trailing at half-time, De Bruyne was put through the middle, Sterling moved to the right and Sane to the left. Within two minutes Sane darted through the middle to equalise, before Sterling cut in from the right to win it.”
He may not have ‘managerial experience’ but he’s tactically savvy enough to out-think the legendary Wenger with a few tweaks.
This little anecdote may just change a few Arsenal fans’ minds about Arteta becoming their new manager.
Having worked closely with Guardiola at City, he’s clearly learned a lot and appears to have invaluable coaching knowledge.
And you can’t deny his love for Arsenal, either.
He made 149 appearances for the club over the course of five seasons and Goal finished off their report by revealing his reaction to Sterling’s winner on that day back in December 2016.
“When Sterling scored the winner for Arteta's City team that day in December, the camera once again panned to Guardiola. The Catalan and most of his coaching staff celebrated in their technical area. Most. Arteta remained seated on the bench, his chin buried in his City tracksuit top.”
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