Arsenal has officially announced Arteta as Emery’s successor
Pep Guadiola’s assistant coach has joined The Gunners from Manchester city for a deal that will keep him at The Emirates Stadium until 2023.
The 37-year old has signed a four years contract and will be unveiled at the press conference at Emirates Stadium on Friday afternoon.
He was an Arsenal player between 2011-2016 summer, winning two FA Cups before retiring and making move into coaching career.
Arteta has worked under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for three years and now arrived at Arsenal as the head coach.
“This is a huge honor. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club,” he said to the club official website.
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we will do it. I am realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”
The Spanish manager will travel to Liverpool later this evening to join up with Arsenal’s squad ahead of Saturday’s game against Everton at Goodison Park.
He will watch the match from the stands alongside Freddie Ljungberg who has been serving as an interim coach since Emery was sacked, as this will be his (Ljungberg) last match in charge
Gunners director Josh Kroenke said while speaking about the appointment: “We are delighted to be bringing Mikel back to Arsenal. He knows our expectations and those of our fans around the world are high and we are confident he can play a lead role in taking the club back to the levels we all demand.
“I also want to thank Freddie Ljungberg for skillfully guiding us through the last three weeks. He stepped up at short notice and has helped us through this difficult period with great professionalism.”
Raul Sanllehi, the head of football later added: “We met several top-class candidates and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us.
“Mikel understands Arsenal Football Club and what it means to our fans around the world. We look forward to him getting down to work and bringing the best out of our squad as we work to get our season back on track.
“I must also pay tribute to Freddie Ljungberg for his work and leadership. Together with Per Mertesacker, he has done a vital job for us in difficult circumstances. Freddie and Per are important parts of the Arsenal family and care deeply for this club.”
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Arsenal currently sits 10th in the EPL table and are to face Everton on Saturday at Goodison Park for their Premier League clash.