Mikel Arteta has identified his transfer targets for Arsenal : report

Mikel Arteta has reportedly identified suitable transfer targets for Arsenal ahead of his anticipated move to the north London side this week.

The 37-year-old has been frequently linked with the Gunners managerial role since the dismissal of manager Unai Emery last month and it appears that he is now on the cusp of succeeding the Spaniard as the next head coach.

According to The Independent, the Manchester City assistant is in advanced talks with his former side over the managerial vacancy and the discussions have gone to the point that the Spaniard has spoken about the club’s transfer targets for the New Year.

The Gunners have yet to make any formal contact with the Cityzens regarding the release of Arteta from his contract, but that appears a formality which could be completed after the settlement of a compensation sum of around £1m.

Arteta’s potential appointment as the new Gunners boss has been met with opposition from a section of the club’s fans particularly with the news that fellow league side Everton are on the cusp of signing a high-profile manager in the form of Carlo Ancelotti.

The former Arsenal captain surely remains a gamble at the current stage of the season and it will be interesting to see how the Spaniard can transform the club’s league campaign after a run of one win from the previous nine matches.

The defence has been the main point of weakness and it won’t be surprising if Arteta spends the entire January budget available on players, who can provide more protection in front of goalkeeper Bernd Leno. The German has been kept busy throughout the first half of the season with a staggering 73 saves from just 17 league games.


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