Mikel Arteta to consider Santi Cazorla for backroom role

Paola Ditto
Mag 17, 2018

Arteta is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger and his appointment could now be confirmed before the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation starts on June 14.

So prospective manager Arteta is eager for his compatriot to take up a coaching role with the club, joining the likes of Jens Lehmann and Per Mertesacker as ex-players who have returned to Arsenal behind the scenes.

The Spaniard and his representatives, on Tuesday, held advanced negotiations with Arsenal's hierarchy and are at a stage where backroom staff and financial packages are being discussed.

"I have seen the shortlist: Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta - why not?" I think all of them could manage Arsenal.

"With Vieira - and this is only my opinion - yes".

"It will be very hard for me [without Arsenal]", Wenger said.

He has worked as a coach for just two seasons, most notably at Manchester City who were recently crowned Premier League champions.

Robert Pires believes Patrick Vieira is better suited to succeeding Arsene Wenger than current favourite Mikel Arteta.

Vieira was contacted by Arsenal about the role this week, but the former skipper is said to be "disappointed and upset" by the call, which he apparently branded a "token gesture".

Vieira fears he will be overlooked and that his chance to return to Arsenal in a management position has gone.

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