Arteta Gets Guardiola's Blessing To Become Arsenal Manager

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ARSENE WENGER has backed Mikel Arteta to succeed him at Arsenal after saying he has "all the qualities" to become their next manager.

Arteta, who signed for Arsenal in 2011 from Everton, joined Pep Guardiola's technical crew at Manchester City last season.

It's claimed that Guardiola is impressed with the way Arteta puts across his message to the players and their is a strong belief among City's backroom team that the 36-year-old is ready to take the job at Arsenal. I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like (assistant manager) Steve Bould and (coach) Jens Lehmann too'.

"I am optimistic because now we've cleared the path to bring somebody new in, they will be able to fix the issues that Wenger has failed to see", Nicholas told Sky Sports.

"Overall he has the qualities but I don't want to influence that publicly".

"If he stays I will be the happiest guy in the world and if he decides to move because he has this offer, this option, I will not say you do not have to go".

Arteta Gets Guardiola's Blessing To Become Arsenal Manager

"I think a lack of respect was shown to Alexandre Lacazette by dropping him for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but they have proved they are better together".

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he is still struggling to come to terms with the end of his time at the Emirates.

"I haven't even emptied my desk yet and in a way I am still in a state of shock". "He is one of the favourites", the Frenchman said.

"I have lived and breathed football all these years and it's a passion - I can't imagine doing anything else". "I can't imagine doing anything else". If appointed, he would be handed a transfer budget of £50million to try and steer the Gunners back into the top four.

With the campaign now concluded, the north London giants will want to push ahead with their appointment to give the new manager as much of the summer as possible to settle into his position and build a squad capable of competing for major honours next season and onwards.

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