Mikel Arteta would be willing to consider an offer from Arsenal after his ex-club fired Unai Emery following last night’s defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Unai Emery was given his marching plans by club chiefs Edu and Raul Sanllehi on Friday morning after addressing the players one final time.
Freddie Ljungberg, who was promoted to Unai Emery’s first-team coaching set-up in the summer, will take temporary charge of the side ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match at Norwich.
Arsenal’s hierarchy will now begin the search to find Unai Emery’s permanent replacement and are already said to have made contact with Wolves’ boss Nuno Espirito Santo, Max Allegri, who has been out of work since departing Juventus at the end of last campaign, while Carlo Ancelotti, currently at Napoli, is also under consideration.
The Independent, however, claims former club captain Mikel Arteta is top of Arsenal’s wish list. The 37-year-old tactician came agonisingly close to succeeding Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018 before the club’s then chief executive Ivan Gazidis plumped for Unai Emery.
Mikel Arteta has subsequently continued to enhance his burgeoning status as Pep Guardiola’s No.2 but is supposed to be so keen to step out from his mentor’s shadow that he would be open to returning to Arsenal, notwithstanding having been snubbed 18 months ago.
Unai Emery had been given a vote of confidence following the defeat at Leicester before the international break, but with no sign of an improvement forthcoming the board was pushed to take emergency action on Friday morning.