Arsene Wenger has backed Mikel Arteta to succeed him as Arsenal’s next manager despite having never managed before, with the Spaniard serving as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City since hanging up his playing boots two years ago.
By SportBrief Reporter
Wenger brought Arteta to the north London club in the summer of 2011 from Everton and believes the Spainiard’s intimate knowledge of Arsenal’s traditions and values would stand him in good stead were he to be appointed.
Mike Arteta has worked as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City for the last two seasons.
Arsene Wenger took charge of his final game as Arsenal manager last Sunday
‘He has all the qualities to do the job and I have seen as well he is one of the favourites,’ Wenger told reporters.
‘He was a leader, has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, knows what is important at the club. He was captain of the club so why not?’
Wenger insists Arteta’s lack of experience should not count against him and believes he should build his backroom team around Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann who are reported to have been offered roles in the new set-up.
The likes of Boro Primorac, Neil Banfield, Gerry Peyton and Colin Lewin, long-serving members of Wenger’s staff, have all been let go this week but is hopeful two of his former charges will be retained.
‘I left a lot of experience behind me,’ Wenger added. ‘People who were with me like Steve Bould for six years, Jens Lehmann as well. Unfortunately some other staff have left.
‘As well he [Arteta] has been the assistant of Guardiola. ‘I don’t want to influence that [decision]publicly. It is important they make that choice in an objective way and after that I will support him.’