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Arsenal identify the former Gunners star they want to succeed Arsene Wenger as manager

Arsenal have reportedly identified Mikel Arteta as a surprise contender to be their next manager and eventually replace Arsene Wenger after his spell on Manchester City’s coaching staff.

The Spaniard captained Arsenal during his playing days and is still regarded highly by his former club as his work at City looks to have seen him emerge as a stand-out candidate to eventually replace Wenger, according to the Telegraph.

The 35-year-old will only have benefited from learning under the great Pep Guardiola, whose side lead the Premier League by eleven points this season after a record-breaking 16 league wins in a row.

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Mikel Arteta during his playing days at Arsenal

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Mikel Arteta has impressed on Manchester City’s coaching staff

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Coaching and management are obviously very different, but it is thought that Arteta has really made his mark with some of his work on City’s training ground.

The report claims the former midfielder may be a major influence behind Raheem Sterling’s remarkable improvement this term, most notably his more composed finishing, leading to his best ever campaign in terms of goals.

Additional information from the Metro suggests Arteta may surprisingly be ahead of big names like Carlo Ancelotti, Thomas Tuchel and Leonardo Jardim in the running at the moment.

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