Arsenal to hold important talk with Mikel Arteta over vacant manager's position

Arsenal to hold important talk with Mikel Arteta over vacant manager's position

- Arsenal, will hold talks with managerial contender, Mikel Arteta, on Thursday May 17 about becoming their new manager

- The former Gunners midfielder is the leading candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger

- If appointed Arteta would be handed a transfer budget in the region of £50m this summer

Premier League giants, Arsenal, will hold talks with managerial contender, Mikel Arteta, on Thursday May 17 about becoming their new manager, according to Sky sources.

Arteta, 36, is the leading candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger and if appointed, it is understood that he would be handed a transfer budget in the region of £50m this summer.

The Arsenal executives, who is saddled with the responsible of choosing the new manager, are also understood to be holding talks on today May 17.

Arsenal to hold talks with Mikel Arteta over manager's job

Arsenal to hold talks with Mikel Arteta over manager's job (photo: Getty)

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They are expected to include chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

Gazidis wants the successful candidate to fulfil a head coach role to fit into the club's new management structure.

Arteta who is currently 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.

It is understood the Spaniard if appointed will be allowed to bring in his own backroom staff.

Arsenal want to make an appointment before the World Cup begins next month.

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NAIJ.com previously that Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, reportedly want former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta as a possible replacement for Arsene Wenger this summer.

MailOnline's Sami Mokbel, reports that Arteta is the "preferred choice" of both Gazidis and director Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan Kroenke.

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