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'He has all the qualities to do the job': Arsene Wenger backs Mikel Arteta to succeed him as Arsenal manager

  • Arsenal are on the hunt for Arsene Wenger's replacement after he left the club
  • Mikel Arteta is the front runner to replace Wenger at the Emirates Stadium
  • Wenger backed Arteta's potential appointment and says he would be a good fit
  • The former manager believes Arteta knows the club well enough to succeed 

By Jaime Wright For Mailonline

Published: 10:11 EDT, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 11:53 EDT, 17 May 2018

Arsene Wenger has shown his support for Manchester City assistant coach and former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta to become his successor at the Emirates Stadium.

Sportsmail revealed that the Arsenal players were told Arteta was '90 per cent' certain to become their new manager, with the club keen to make an appointment before this summer's World Cup. 

And Wenger, who won 10 major trophies as Arsenal manager before bringing his 22-year stay to an end this month, believes Arteta would be a good fit for the job on offer.

Arsene Wenger has shown his support for Mikel Arteta as he closes in on the Arsenal job
Arsene Wenger has shown his support for Mikel Arteta as he closes in on the Arsenal job

Arsene Wenger has shown his support for Mikel Arteta as he closes in on the Arsenal job

Arteta has been Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City for the past two seasons
Arteta has been Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City for the past two seasons

Arteta has been Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City for the past two seasons


'He has all the qualities to do the job,' Wenger said in an exclusive interview with BeIN Sports. 

'I think as well he is one of the favourites. He was a leader, and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why Not?'

Arteta, who spent five season with the Gunners before retiring in 2016, has been assistant manager to Pep Guardiola for the past two seasons and aided Manchester City to the Premier League title and a record 100 points this season.

The Spaniard has knowledge and understanding of the game with 11 years of top-flight experience behind him. However, much has been made of Arteta's lack of managerial experience, with many supporters hoping for a manager with a longer CV, such as Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.

Wenger agreed to an extent, but felt he has left enough wise heads behind who can provide the required backbone of experience to allow Arteta to grow into the position.

Wenger says Arteta, who spent five seasons with Arsenal, would be a good fit for the job
Wenger says Arteta, who spent five seasons with Arsenal, would be a good fit for the job

Wenger says Arteta, who spent five seasons with Arsenal, would be a good fit for the job

The former boss believes there is enough experience left at the club to help Arteta succeed
The former boss believes there is enough experience left at the club to help Arteta succeed

The former boss believes there is enough experience left at the club to help Arteta succeed

'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.

'He has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities.'

As Wenger steps away from the club as a legend, his departure is not too dissimilar to that of Sir Alex Ferguson's at Manchester United.

Both leave a history of success and silverware behind them with the only difference being that Ferguson elected to retire rather than progress down another path in his career.

But while Ferguson played a role in naming his successor - David Moyes in 2013 - Wenger feels it is best he remains a fan of the club he loves.

Asked if he was tempted to help find a replacement, he added: 'No. 

'If the club had asked me my opinion I would have given it because I want my club to continue to do well and play at the top.

'But they did not and so that takes a weight away from me, because if it doesn't work I will still be responsible for it a bit like Ferguson was when they (United) had problems.

'On the other hand, they made that decision not to ask my opinion and I can live with that.'

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