Mikel Arteta has reportedly given an emotional address to Manchester City players and staff before leaving for Arsenal.
The 37-year-old has agreed a deal to return to the Emirates as manager, replacing Spanish compatriot Unai Emery after his sacking last month.
According to The Athletic, Arteta said his goodbyes at City’s Etihad Campus on Thursday morning, immediately leaving before their training session to finalise his Arsenal arrangements.
Arteta reportedly gave an emotional speech to players and staff, leaving after three-and-a-half years as part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff.
He is set to be unveiled as Arsenal manager on Friday after the club rearranged their press conference due to take place today.
Arteta could take charge of his first game against the Toffees this weekend.
He will be tasked with turning around Gunners’ miserable season, taking over from interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.
The Spaniard is reportedly going to keep Ljungberg as part of the first-team picture when he takes over.
Arteta’s arrival comes with the backing of former manager Arsene Wenger.