Vinai Venkatesham, the managing director of Arsenal was pictured leaving the Manchester mansion of Mikel Arteta early on Monday morning intensifying speculations that the Man city No 2 could be set to take over the reins at the North London club.
The club’s contract negotiator, Huss Fahmy was also pictured leaving the property later in the day.
Arteta is a former Arsenal player who captained Arsenal to end their nine-year trophy drought, beating Hull city to win the F.A cup in 2014.
He was appointed as assistant manager of Man city and has been Guardiola’s understudy since then. Arteta is a popular name at the club and could follow in the steps of Guardiola, Zidane, Enrique to mention a few and turn things around. There is also the interesting case of Lampard and Solskjaer (still a work in progress).
Arteta would be able to instill fresh ideas based on a philosophy that the fans would embrace (possession-based football). It would do Arsenal a lot of good to put faith in someone with the club’s DNA than risk wasting more years with a manager that’ll bring his own ideas that the players and coaching crew might struggle to adapt to.
Arteta would bring his knowledge from his time under Guardiola coupled with understanding what it means to play for a club like Arsenal, that could be the change and inspiration the club needs.
It would be interesting to see Arteta at the helm of things at the Emirates.