Following the exit of Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger from the Gunners after 22 years, it was widely expected that ex-Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta would take over the reins.
However, such was not the case with the Gunners making an about-turn and settling for outgoing Paris Saint Germaine manager Unai Emery, as their first choice for the top job.
It is understood that some of the concerns raised against Arteta included his lack of experience as head coach with members of the executive board fearing the young Arteta may still be green.
Meanwhile, according to Skysports, the former Arsenal captain opted out of the deal by his own volition withdrawing his name from the selection process.
"What we are being told is that Mikel Arteta has withdrawn from the process to become the next Arsenal manager," reporter Kaveh Solhekol said on Sky-sports.
Arteta had been offered a three year deal worth KSh 540 million-a-year and although he had initially shown interest in the move; he was skeptical over working with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.
The main conundrum for Arteta was his limited ability to influence and control transfer decisions in the agreement.
It is understood Arsenal chose Emery in fear of the backlash they may experience from fans who had already complained over the Gunners lucklustre performance thanks to limited spending.
Patrick Vieira who is the MLS New York City FC boss and Juventus manager Masimiliano Allegri, were also part of the list.
Arsenal are expected to officially announce the news in the next 48 hours while Arteta will remain at Manchester City where he has one more year left on his contract.
Emery has previously managed Spanish outfit Sevilla where he won three consecutive Europa League titles before making the big move to French giants PSG in 2016.
He had made the announcement in April that he would be leaving the French club at the end of the season when his contract expired.
He will be replaced by former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how former Paris Saint Germain boss Unai Emery is set to be unveiled as the new Arsenal boss after wowing Emirates chiefs in a secret meeting two weeks ago.
Arsenal were close to appoint ex-midfielder Mikel Arteta as Arsene Wenger’s successor after receiving blessing from Wenger himself.
But Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis seems to have suffered cold feet over Arteta after hearing whispers that some of the club’s current players questioned whether he was up to the job.
Hilarious Nigerian FootBall Jokes | Naij.com TV