Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their new head coach after the Spaniard emerged as the outstanding candidate in their search for a permanent successor to Unai Emery.
The 37-year-old spent five years as a player at the north London club, captaining the side and wining two FA Cups, before he hung up his boots in 2016 to join Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.
Arteta has been credited with playing a key role behind the scenes at City during their unprecedented domestic treble-winning campaign last season.
He said his goodbyes to the champions on Thursday morning, addressing the whole squad, though the manner of Arsenal’s approach is believed to have annoyed City bosses.
Arteta met with members of Arsenal’s hierarchy at his home on Sunday evening following their clash at the Emirates – though City chiefs were not informed of the looming advances despite being in the directors’ box together earlier in the day.
A seven-figure compensation payment will be made in order to complete the move, while Arteta is believed to have been handed a £5million-a-year contract.