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Arsenal midfielder has met with Guardiola to discuss summer move to Man City

Incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is understood to have made contact with Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta to discuss a possible summer move.

According to the Daily Mail, the current Bayern Munich coach is already thinking about his backroom staff at the Etihad Stadium, having agreed to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the season’s end earlier in the campaign.

The tabloid suggest that Guardiola stalwarts such as Domenec Torrent, Lorenzo Buenaventura and Carles Planchart are already set to join the former Barcelona manager in Manchester, but that the head coach also wants Arteta with him at his new club in a coaching capacity.

Mikel Arteta

Arteta—whose contract ends in the summer—has no coaching experience as yet, but looks set to be handed a golden opportunity to take his first steps in his managerial career.

The 34-year-old playmaker could be a valuable tool for Guardiola.

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His ability to speak English and his age could make him an ideal way for the Bayern boss to communicate with his players, while he also began his career at the Barcelona academy, and shares certain stylistic similarities with Pep.

Arteta moved to Arsenal from Everton in 2011, and has won two FA Cups with the Gunners.

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