Former Everton footballer and Manchester City assistant manager, Mikel Arteta, has completed his interview process with Arsenal and has verbally consented to become Arsene Wenger’s successor.

According to the UK Independent, Arteta and his representatives have held advanced negotiations with the Gunners and are at a stage where backroom staff and financial packages are being discussed.

The former Arsenal captain, would seek to bring in at least three of his own appointments. He will also offer Santi Cazorla a new player-coaching deal, with a role like Michael Carrick’s in his last playing season at Manchester United.

See Also: ICYMI: Wenger’s emotional farewell to Arsenal

Wenger took charge of his 1,235th and last game as Gunners boss last Sunday, a 1-0 win at Huddersfield. The 68-year-old is leaving after 22 years.

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The incoming manager made a permanent transfer to Arsenal in 2011, and was appointed captain of the club in August 2014.

Arteta won an FA Cup and two FA Community Shields with Arsenal, before his contract expired at the end of the 2015–16 season.


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