Arsenal speeds up Mikel Arteta appointment

Arsenal are hoping to accelerate Mikel Arteta appointment as Arsene Wenger's successor since some other candidates dropped out of the running.

Arsenal are said to have interviewed all of their main targets to replace the long-serving Frenchman, who will step down after 22 years at the helm this summer.

The Gunners have reportedly cut down their search to two targets – Arteta and Julian Nagelsmann – but Hoffenheim have since rejected the possibility of the latter leaving the club.

Massimiliano Allegri has also ruled himself out of the running, while Germany boss Joachim Low has signed a new contract with country’s national team which will keep him in charge until 2022.

Patrick Vieira is reported to have viewed his approach as a ‘token gesture', and The Telegraph reports that the Gunners are now planning to speed up Arteta's appointment after the Spaniard was left as their only serious candidate.

Arsenal had initially planned to name a new manager before the World Cup, but the announcement could now come earlier than scheduled, with Arteta set to make his first strides into management.

Arteta spent five years as a Gunners player at the end of his career, making 149 appearances for the club in all competitions.

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