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Arsene Wenger: Mikel Arteta has quality to become Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger: Mikel Arteta has quality to become Arsenal manager

Even so, since announcing his departure from the club he has served so loyally, the focus has switched back to the glory years under Wenger - from the double-wining teams of 1998 and 2002 to the Invincibles of 2004. An answer to that question could move a step closer today as the Gunners plan discussions with a potential successor. Massimiliano Allegri, Luis Enrique, and Patrick Vieira are the other candidates connected with the situation.

Arsene Wenger has insisted that former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta "has all the qualities" needed to become the club's next manager.

And Wenger believes the former Arsenal captain is a "leader" who has the right "passion" to coach the London club as they embark upon a new era.

Something that might soften the blow for Arsenal fans who don't wish to see Arteta take over is the decision he will reportedly make on Santi Cazorla.

"Overall he has the qualities but I don't want to influence that publicly".

Arteta has always been in the picture, but is not a popular choice among the supporters of the club, who were seeking a high profile appointment.

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The reports that Mikel Arteta is now firmly in line to be named as the new Arsenal manager has provided the latest big piece of news to divide the Gunners' fanbase and draw widespread commentary from pundits.

Fans can expect Arteta to approach managing with a similar commitment to hard work and tactical thinking, the lack of which many fans often complained Arsenal seemed to play with under Wenger. Indeed, Guardiola will be reluctant to let the Spaniard depart, yet with the pair such good friends stemming from their time at Barcelona, the City boss won't stand in his way.

But Wenger said: 'I left a lot of experience, people who were with me like Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann'.

Sky Sports News added Arsenal intend to have Arsene Wenger's replacement in the hot seat before the 2018 World Cup, which kicks off on June 14.

Throughout his 22-year tenure, Arsene Wenger had a huge say in nearly everything at Arsenal: from team selection and training to finances, scouting and transfer dealings.


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