Several senior Arsenal players are said to have voiced their concerns about the club’s imminent hiring of Mikel Arteta as their new manager.
The Manchester City assistant manager is closing in on the permanent job at the Emirates Stadium and will soon have his final interview for the position.
However, according to The Mirror, his first job may be to try and win over a number of the senior players at Arsenal, many of whom are thought to be concerned about Arteta’s lack of experience.
The frustrated players are all said to have wanted to see former Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti come through the door at the Emirates, but the legendary Italian is now expected to take charge of Everton instead.
Arsenal’s stars all respect Arteta for his playing career, but they are wary that this would be his first managerial role. By contrast, Ancelotti has won trophies all over Europe in charge of some of the world’s biggest sides.
The Gunners’ players, none of whom are named, fear that their current struggles might not be too easy to sort out, so somebody with Ancelotti’s experience could have been exactly what they needed.
The Italian has already worked with both David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the past, so it’s likely that Ancelotti would have come with some glowing reviews from those two players at the very least.
However, it appears as though they will have to make do with Arteta. The Spaniard is certainly an intriguing prospect, given his years of learning under City boss Pep Guardiola, but whether that has prepared him for management remains to be seen.
City, meanwhile, are thought to be unhappy with how Arsenal have conducted themselves during their pursuit of Arteta, with The Guardian noting that the Citizens’ hierarchy were surprised that the meeting held between Arsenal executives Vinai Venkatesham and Huss Fahmy had not been mentioned in the aftermath of their Premier League game on Sunday.
That wouldn’t stop City from welcoming Arteta back to Manchester in the future though, with the report going on to state that he’ll be allowed to depart for north London with the club’s ‘blessing’, for a compensation fee of around £1m.
Monday’s 1-1 draw between Crystal Palace and Brighton saw Arsenal drop to tenth in the Premier League, and they now sit seven points away from the top four.
Coincidentally, the Gunners’ next game will come on Saturday against Everton, who very well may be led by Ancelotti by then, so it will be a chance for the club to see whether they made the right decision or not.
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