Mikel Arteta confirmed as new Arsenal manager

By Ric Turner, Fri 20 December 2019 16:11

Mikel Arteta confirmed as new Arsenal managerSpaniard leaves The Etihad after three successful years

Mike Arteta has left Manchester City to become Arsenal's new manager. Arteta joined the club in 2016, and became assistant to Pep Guardiola in 2018 when Domenec Torrent joined New York City.

Speculation had been rife that the Spaniard was the favourite to replace Unai Emery at The Emirates, and Arsenal confirmed the appointment this afternoon. City are unlikely to replace Arteta directly, with Guardiola expected to promote from within his existing backroom team.

Guardiola said: “Mikel has been an excellent coach for Manchester City. He has shown impressive dedication, hard work and knowledge of football during his time here and has been a real contributor to the Club’s achievements over the past years. We all wish him well in his new role; I am sure he is ready for it.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Mikel, as a member of Pep’s team, has contributed significantly to the Club in his time here in Manchester.  His work on the training field and detailed preparations have helped us become a side that wins with regularity and in style. This move to Arsenal is a further step in his football development and I am sure he will become a top-class coach.”