Wenger: Arteta Has All The Qualities To Become Arsenal Manager

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Arsene Wenger believes Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta has the "qualities" required to succeed him at Arsenal.

The Frenchman's near 22-year reign in charge of the club is over, with Arsenal yet to confirm who will be taking charge for the 2018-19 season.

Arsenal - who finished without a trophy last season and failed to qualify for next term's Champions League - are confident a new manager will be named before the World Cup begins on June 14.

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Much has been made of Arteta's lack of managerial experience, having never managed a game of football, however, Wenger insisted that Arsenal has experienced coaching personnel to guide the Spanish manager.

"He has all the qualities to do the job and I've seen as well that he is one of the favourites", Wenger told BeIN Sports.

It is understood the former midfield hardman, who made 406 appearances for the club, was angered by the token gesture with Arteta nearly certain to be given the gig.

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Arteta who is now an assistant coach at Manchester City have been told by Pep Guardiola that he (Guardiola) will not stand in his way if he is offered the Arsenal job.

The aforementioned duo along with Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis are expected to meet with Arteta before suggesting his name to the majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who is likely to make the final decision.

"Arteta has been an assistant of (City manager Pep) Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities".

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"Steve Bould was with me for six years, Jens Lehmann as well".

However, Sportsmail is reporting that Arsenal chiefs will speak to a former club star striker before they make any official decisions or announcements.

The hunt for Wenger's successor continues, with Arteta now the bookmakers' favourite to return to the club he served as a player between 2011 and 2016.

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