Arsenal has officially confirmed the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their new head coach, with the Spaniard leaving his post as assistant manager at Manchester City to take the role at the Emirates.
The Gunners parted company with Unai Emery in November following an awful run of results, and while the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and former captain Patrick Vieira have been considered for the job, the club have now decided on Arteta – who has been handed a contract until 2023.
Arteta met club executives in a series of interviews earlier this week, with Josh Kroenke even present prior to their decision to confirm the news.
In a statement on the club’s website, Arteta said: “This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”
Arteta retired as a player in 2016 – having represented Arsenal for five years – before joining City as an assistant coach under Pep Guardiola. He helped the Citizens to two Premier League titles, among other domestic cup triumphs.
Freddie Ljungberg had taken charge of four league games in the absence of a permanent appointment, winning just one of those matches – the 3-1 triumph at West Ham – before being thumped 3-0 by Manchester City on Sunday. Arsenal is currently ninth, and seven points off fourth-placed Chelsea.
Arteta will watch from the stands at Goodison Park as Ljungberg leads the team for a final time, with Arsenal facing an Everton side that has secured four points from their two games under interim boss Duncan Ferguson, beating Chelsea and drawing with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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