Wenger reacts as Arteta ‘agrees Arsenal deal until 2023’
Arsene Wenger says he “will support” whoever takes charge of Arsenal and reckons Mikel Arteta has a “great future” in coaching.
Manchester City assistant boss Arteta has been in talks with the Gunners this week with reports claiming he is already discussing potential transfers.
The Daily Mirror claims that discussions between the Spaniard and Arsenal director Josh Kroenke have now concluded with ‘the process effectively done.’
Arsenal are ‘ready to finalise a three-and-a-half year deal’ after Arteta ‘agreed to become the next manager’.
It is understood Arteta will be in the dugout for their trip to Goodison Park on Saturday where they face Everton in the Premier League.
“Look I am an Arsenal supporter – I said that in my last speech,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“At the moment I support the manager in charge, and the manager in charge is [Freddie] Ljungberg. When Arteta will be in charge, I will support Arteta. He is intelligent, he has passion, he has knowledge, but Ljungberg [does] as well.
“I believe that Arteta has certainly a great future, he has certainly learned a lot in his first position as an assistant coach and after that as well he will have to deal with the fact that he has no experience at that level and he will have to get surrounded well.
“For the rest, of course Arsenal is going through a very difficult period so it’s better I don’t comment too much on that and I just suffer like every supporter.”
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