Pep Guardiola hyped up Mikel Arteta and Luis Enrique’s credentials to succeed Wenger at the Emirates but hopes that Arteta continues to act as a member of his coaching staff
Luis Enrique and Mikel Arteta are among the favourites to take over at Arsenal come next season. Enrique is currently on a year-long sabbatical while Arteta is an integral member of Guardiola’s backroom staff. Having played for 5 years under Wenger, Arteta knows the club inside out. He also served as the club captain during his later years at the club. Now that he is being linked with a return back to Emirates, Guardiola has expressed his desire to keep Arteta at Manchester City. He said:
“My opinion about Mikel is overwhelming. He deserves the best. Hope we are so comfortable, not just mine, working with him. One of the reasons for our success this season is because Mikel is here.”
“I know there are a lot of names of the next manager after Wenger but the same with Luis Enrique I don’t know the plan for Arsenal. Of course Luis Enrique I know well. Mikel deserves the best. They deserve all they want.”
Guardiola on Arteta to #Arsenal links: "I’m not the right guy to talk about that, because my opinion of Mikel is overwhelming. He deserves the best, we are so comfortable working with him. One of the reasons for our success this season is because Mikel is here" pic.twitter.com/kWLULO8CaO
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) April 27, 2018
Along with Arteta other former players such as Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry are being tipped with a return to the Emirates. Apart from them, some other well-established names linked with the job are that of Massimiliano Allegri, Leonardo Jardim, Brendan Rodgers and of course Luis Enrique.
Arteta’s keen footballing brain has been praised even before he started learning his trade under Guardiola. While his appointment would be one of the more ‘romantic’ choices, Arsenal cannot afford to hire a newbie at this time. They need someone who has proven his worth managing at the top level. Whereas Luis Enrique still remains the favourite for the job.