Arsenal next manager: Mikel Arteta expected to be appointed this month

Mikel Arteta Now The Frontrunner for Arsenal Job

Arteta left Arsenal and hung up his playing boots two years ago to work under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City in a coaching role and could be appointed as early as this week.

'So that's why I say yes, Patrick Vieira is ready to manage Arsenal'.

The veteran Frenchman is ending a 22-year stay at Arsenal but he has yet to confirm his next move, while former player Mikel Arteta is reportedly the front-runner to succeed him at Emirates Stadium. Not the board, however, who instead are "close" to appointing 36-year-old Arteta.

And, according to The Independent, Arteta is now the favourite to be named the new Arsenal boss after "productive talks" with his former club.

Mikel Arteta Now The Frontrunner for Arsenal Job Posted by Daniel Jenkins
Mikel Arteta Now The Frontrunner for Arsenal Job Posted by Daniel Jenkins

Another candidate was Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann, but the German club recently insisted he will still be their manager next season.

The Spaniard and his representatives, on Tuesday, held advanced negotiations with Arsenal's hierarchy and are at a stage where backroom staff and financial packages are being discussed.

As for Wenger's long-time assistant, Steve Bould, he's been offered a new role within the club - subject to approval from the new manager - but he's also mulling over "a potential position at Stoke City".

Following a stunning sendoff in recent weeks as he stepped away from Arsenal after nearly 22 years in the job, the legendary French manager has revealed he seems himself staying in the game.

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