Mikel Arteta has been cleared by the Premier League champions to step onto Arsene Wenger’s shoes as Arsenal‘s next manager, according to a report.
The Manchester City assistant is considered to be Arsenal’s top choice to succeed Wenger, whose 22-year reign in North London is now officially over.
Wenger has given his public support for the former midfielder, a Gunners player for five years until retiring in 2016, to take charge despite his lack of managerial experience.
After being given the green light to take on the job, if he is officially offered it, Spanish outlet Sport claims that Arteta will now hold urgent negotiations with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and other members of Arsenal’s hierarchy.
Two other former Gunners players in Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry are also understood to have been contacted over the high-profile vacancy.