Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
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Arsene Wenger backs Mikel Arteta to succeed as Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger backs Mikel Arteta to succeed as Arsenal manager

Failing to sign Cristiano Ronaldo is out-going Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger's biggest transfer regret in his nearly 22-year-reign at the Premier League club, the 68-year-old has said.

The former Gunners captain is part of Pep Guardiola's coaching staff at Manchester City and Arsenal have already sounded him out with further talks expected in the next 24 hours.

The 36-year-old Spaniard, who played 150 matches under Wenger at The Emirates, has emerged as a strong favourite to be named new Gunners boss.

The same article states that Arsenal's hief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat will all meet the club's former captain.

"He was a leader, has good passion for the game, knows the club and knows what is important at the club".

Wenger continued: "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".

After Arsene Wenger's recent departure many of his backroom staff have been shown the door at Arsenal while Steve Bould's future too remains uncertain

"If the club had asked my opinion I would have given it", he said.

Wenger insists that he wants to "defend" his "ideas of football", and will make a decision about his future the day before the World Cup starts in Russian Federation this summer. I think it was linked with Nike at the time and they wanted Pique to go to Man United.

That's the view of the Frenchman who is leaving Arsenal after 22 years in charge of the north Londoners.

Wenger said the north London outfit were unable to compete with United's 12 million pounds ($16.23 million) offer for the Portugal global.

"At the moment if I want to continue to work, I think I have to move out of the country, because my gut feeling at the moment is that I would feel I would betray my club by staying in England". I need a challenge. "I can't imagine doing anything else".

Spanish publication Sport have claimed that Mikel Arteta has met with Pep Guardiola and the Manchester City board to discuss the position.

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