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Arsene Wenger backs Mikel Arteta for Arsenal job

Arsene Wenger backs Mikel Arteta for Arsenal job

Pep Guardiola has given Mikel Arteta his blessing to speak with Arsenal as the Spaniard prepares to rejoin his former club as Arsene Wenger's successor.

Arteta has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to succeed Wenger in the past few days with Arsenal having now interviewed all the main candidates.

This comes after the news that the Arsenal board have met with the front-runner for the job, Mikel Arteta to discuss his potential role as a manager on Thursday.

"He was a leader, he has a good passion for the game".

Arteta made over 100 appearances for Arsenal over the course of five seasons, joining in 2011 and becoming club captain in 2014.

However, Wenger is very aware that he can not be seen as influencing Arsenal's decision and stressed that he will back whoever the club decide to appoint.

The club are undertaking an extensive process to determine Arsene Wenger's replacement at the helm, following the Frenchman's departure after 22-years in charge.

Arteta who is now an assistant coach at Manchester City have been told by Pep Guardiola that he (Guardiola) will not stand in his way if he is offered the Arsenal job.

"It's going to be tough to replace Wenger after so many years and success but I think Luis Enrique would do it well there".

"Because for me I believe it is important that they make their choice in an objective way and after they make a decision I will support them".

Wenger's own future remains uncertain as he contemplates his next move but he did advise Arsenal before he left that they should get their new man in place well ahead of this summer's World Cup.

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