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Mikel Arteta would accept an offer to manage Arsenal as he views the opportunity as ‘too good’ to reject.
The Spaniard is now one of the frontrunners to replace Unai Emery following Brendan Rodgers’ decision to sign a new long-term deal at Leicester, while Massimiliano Allegri has vowed to wait until next summer before choosing his next club.
Arteta was in the running to replace Arsene Wenger in 2018 but the Gunners opted for the experience of Emery.
However, the Spaniard was sacked after a winless run of seven matches and interim boss Freddie Ljunberg has just one point from his first two matches at the club.
It’s convinced the Gunners’ board that they need to find a manager sooner rather than later and they cannot allow the Swede to take charge for the rest of the season.
Arteta has spent the last three years serving as Pep Guardiola’s assistant and he is in line to take over from the former Barcelona boss when he steps down at the Etihad.
That opportunity could come in the next 18 months but Arteta is keen to take his first steps into management and the Daily Mail claim he wants the Arsenal job.
It’s claimed there’s considerable support on the Arsenal board for Arteta but the club are yet to whittle down their options to a shortlist.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will offer the job to Arteta or risk waiting until the end of the season before making a permanent appointment.
The Gunners travel to London rivals West Ham on Monday night as they search for their first win in the league since October 6th.