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Arsenal decide against appointing Mikel Arteta as Gunners search for experienced manager

Arsenal make dramatic u-turn on Mikel Arteta appointment
Mikel Arteta had been the leading candidate to replace Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta will not be the next Arsenal manager after the Gunners board decided to appoint a more experienced boss, according to reports in Spain.

The Manchester City coach had been the favourite to replace Arsene Wenger with reports going as far to claim that his arrival would be announced this week.

However, Marca claim Ivan Gazidis and Stan Kroenke are in agreement that Artetas appointment would be a risk and the Gunners need a more experienced manager at the helm.

The report states that Arteta was very close to becoming Arsenals next manager before a change of heart at boardroom level convinced the club to look elsewhere.

PSG head coach Unai Emery smiles before the French Cup soccer final Paris Saint Germain against Les Herbiers at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Emery has emerged as a shock candidate (Picture: AP)

Former PSG boss Unai Emery is believed to be in London today to speak to Arsenal and the Gunners want the next man in place before the start of the World Cup in three weeks time.

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Arsenals decision to overlook Arteta leaves the Spaniard in a conundrum. He is keen to test himself as a manager but the only other offers hes had elsewhere have been first-team coach roles.

Arteta has one year left on his deal with City and hes likely to continue his tutelage under Guardiola at the Etihad.

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Arteta held extensive talks with the Gunners and was keen on the job but he did harbour doubts about working under the clubs new structure.

Arsenals next manager will have to work alongside head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and will only be given an advisory role when it comes to transfers.

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