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Mikel Arteta has qualities for Arsenal job: Arsene Wenger

Mikel Arteta, former Arsenal midfielder and current Manchester City assistant coach

London, May 17: Arsene Wenger believes Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta has the "qualities" required to succeed him at Arsenal.

Wenger is leaving Arsenal after 22 years at the club, with former Gunners captain Arteta said to be the front-runner for the post.

Talks are reportedly due to be held between Arsenal and Arteta on Thursday, with Pep Guardiola having confirmed he will allow the Spaniard to leave City, should the 36-year-old be offered the job.

And Wenger has given his backing to Arteta as the next manager of Arsenal, who missed out on Champions League qualification for the second year in a row and lost in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

"He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites," Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

"He was a leader and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why not?

"I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like Steve Bould who has six years' experience, and Jens Lehmann too. He has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities."

Wenger will not be involved in the board's decision over his successor at Arsenal, though.

"I don't want to influence publicly," Wenger said.

"Because for me I believe it is important that they make their choice in an objective way and after they make a decision I will support them."

Arteta had a rather excellent season this campaign as Manchester City clinched the title whilst also breaking the record of most goals scored in a campaign and reaching the 100-point barrier as well.
This will certainly boost his chances of becoming a full-time manager next term.

The former Arsenal captain has been working as Guardiola's assistant at City since retiring two years ago and features prominently on an Arsenal shortlist that also includes Massimiliano Allegri, Patrick Vieira and Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann.

Allegri has said he will stay at Juventus, while Hoffenheim are not willing to get let go of Nagelsmann.

Source: OPTA

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