Mikel Arteta wants to take the reins at Arsenal – but he’s worried about upsetting current club Manchester City, according to reports.
The former Arsenal midfielder has been strongly linked with the vacant manager’s position in north London, and is one of a number of candidates expected to be interviewed for the role.
Arteta was previously interviewed for the Arsenal manager’s job following Arsene Wenger’s departure, but was pipped to the post by compatriot Unai Emery.
The Spaniard is currently employed by Manchester City , where he works underneath Pep Guardiola as his assistant. The duo have won back to back Premier League titles together but Arteta is understood to want to move into football management.
According to The Sun, Arteta is very keen on becoming Arsenal’s next manager but wants guarantees from the club’s chiefs in regards to what they can offer him.
He also shares a healthy working relationship with Guardiola, and is reluctant to leave his mentor in the lurch, especially considering City have been struggling this season.
Guardiola was recently asked whether Arteta could leave Manchester City for Arsenal.
The Spaniard responded: “For sure he will be a manager. I would like him to stay with us as long as possible. But personal life is personal life, his professional desire is professional.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola’s long-term future at Manchester City is the subject of some recent speculation.
Reports suggest the Citizens board are putting a contingency plan in place in case Guardiola decides to leave the club at the end of the season.