Mikel Arteta - Arsenal: The Gunners finally announce their new boss

Mikel Arteta

Arteta has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal in his first role as a No 1.

Mikel Arteta retired from professional football in 2016 and that very same year he joined the Manchester City coaching staff under Pep Guardiola - a job which he was in until Thursday.

According to Iran Football Federation's website, Taj invited ex-Arsenal manager to travel to Iran to hold an advanced coaching term for the Iranian coaches and the Frenchman has reportedly accepted it.

They find themselves stuck in a serious rut at the moment, with only one win taken from their last 12 games in all competitions, and a big rebuilding job needs to be undertaken.

The Spaniard was sacked by the Gunners in November after an alarming run of form had seen them slip down the Premier League table.

"I'm 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".

Former Chelsea player, Tony Cascarino has urged Mikel Arteta to offload Arsenal's senior players, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi when he finally becomes the Gunners' new manager.

Arteta, who has never managed a club before, was named by British media as one of the candidates in the running to replace former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in 2018 before the club appointed Emery.

"We met several top-class candidates and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the flawless person for us", he said in a club statement.

"He really is prepared to make that next jump", Emery said.

"I do believe this is a good decision and I would also like it to be a good decision".

As assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City he has enjoyed two title-winning campaigns, and also won the FA Cup and two League Cups.

"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".

"We all wish him well in his new role; I am sure he is ready for it". Of course they have a great manager but you have to say that Liverpool in the last three or four years, they bought the right players'.

Arteta will officially take the reins on Sunday, meaning that Freddie Ljungberg will take charge against Everton on Saturday.

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