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Arsene Wenger backs Mikel Arteta to succeed him as next Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger reveals why Mikel Arteta can succeed as next Arsenal manager
Arsene Wenger signed Mikel Arteta for Arsenal from Everton in 2011 (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has backed Mikel Areteta to succeed him as Arsenals next manager.

Arteta has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to take over from his former boss, despite having never managed before, serving as Pep Guardiolas assistant at Manchester City since hanging up his playing boots two years ago.

Wenger brought Arteta to the north London club in the summer of 2011 from Everton and believes the Spainiards intimate knowledge of Arsenals traditions and values would stand him in good stead were he to be appointed.

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Mike Arteta has worked as Pep Guardiolas assistant at Manchester City for the last two seasons (Picture: Getty)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger goes out to see the travelling Arsenal fans who were chanting for him after the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, England on 13 May 2018. Photo by Thomas Gadd / PRiME Media Images.
Arsene Wenger took charge of his final game as Arsenal manager last Sunday (Picture: PrimeMedia)

He has all the qualities to do the job and I have seen as well he is one of the favourites, Wenger told beIN Sports.

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He was a leader, has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, knows what is important at the club. He was captain of the club so why not?

Wenger insists Artetas lack of experience should not count against him and believes he should build his backroom team around Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann who are reported to have been offered roles in the new set-up.

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The likes of Boro Primorac, Neil Banfield, Gerry Peyton and Colin Lewin, long-serving members of Wengers staff, have all been let go this week but is hopeful two of his former charges will be retained.

I left a lot of experience behind me, Wenger added. People who were with me like Steve Bould for six years, Jens Lehmann as well. Unfortunately some other staff have left.

As well he [Arteta] has been the assistant of Guardiola.

I dont want to influence that [decision] publicly. It is important they make that choice in an objective way and after that I will support him.

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