Arsenal identified former player as an ideal replacement for Unai Emery

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Former Arsenal Spanish captain Mikel Arteta is reportedly among the candidates to substitute Unai Emery as boss at the Emirates Stadium if they decide to make a move in that position.

The Spaniard is now on the coaching staff at Man City and has long been highly thought of, having also been recognised by the Gunners when Arsene Wenger left at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Daily Mirror claims that Arteta is in the frame again along with former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, though another former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is struggling at Nice, so appears to have slipped down the pecking order to an extent.

Arsenal supporters will be eager for a change, though in many ways the other choices out there don’t seem that tempting either.

Allegri’s football at Juve might not be that pleasing for Arsenal fans, while Arteta is surely too inexperienced for such a tremendous job, even if his footballing philosophy should be more in line with what fans want.

That said, the Gunners may look at what Frank Lampard has done despite limited experience at Chelsea and believe that Arteta could end up working similarly well.

Fans will also undoubtedly be pleased to hear the Mirror claim that rumours linking the club with Jose Mourinho seem full of the mark.