Belgium No2 Henry scheduled to interview for Arsenal job

18 May, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta has "all of the qualities" required to become Arsenal manager, according the club's legendary former handler Arsene Wenger.

Wenger made clear that his support for Arteta, who played 162 times for the Gunners, should not be used to sway the decision of the Arsenal hierarchy, insisting that he will support whoever is chosen as his replacement.

The 36-year-old spent five seasons in North London before retiring and joining Manchester City's coaching staff, where he has spent the past two years working as Pep Guardiola's assistant.

"It's just too soon to know what I will do next", he confessed.

And Wenger has given his backing to Arteta as the next manager of Arsenal, who missed out on Champions League qualification for the second year in a row and lost in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

"I have not even emptied my desk yet and in a way, I am still in a state of shock".

Arsene Wenger
GETTY Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal

They remain confident of naming a successor before the World Cup begins on 14 June.

He also said it would be "difficult" to manage another team in England because of his time at Arsenal. "He is one of the favourites", the Frenchman said.

Max Allegri ruled himself out of the job by saying "I'll be at Juventus next year if they don't sack me..." and the Director of Football at 1899 Hoffenheim confirmed Nagelsmann's future, saying "Julian Nagelsmann will be our coach next season, 100 percent". "As I said in my speech on the pitch after the Burnley game, I'm a fan above all".

"I think a lack of respect was shown to Alexandre Lacazette by dropping him for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but they have proved they are better together".

"I have lived and breathed football all these years and it's a passion - I can't imagine doing anything else".

The assumption is that Arsenal want a head coach rather than omnipotent manager in the Wenger mould, and Arteta fits that bill. "I can't imagine doing anything else".

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