The Athletic‘s David Ornstein has revealed that Mikel Arteta is on the cusp of becoming the new Arsenal boss after standing down from the assistant managerial role at Manchester City.
The 37-year-old has been tipped to succeed Unai Emery as the Gunners head coach since the beginning of the week but there has been no official confirmation from either club regarding the same.
However, it appears that an announcement could be made in the early hours of Friday, as per Ornstein, with the Gunners currently finalising the necessary formalities which includes a compensation package for the release of Arteta from his Cityzens contract.
The north London giants are scheduled to face Everton on the road in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off and Arteta could be on the stands for that game, given he won’t oversee the training ahead of the clash at Goodison Park.
In this case, interim boss Freddie Ljungberg will definitely take charge of the team for one final time and the Swede will be hoping to guide the Gunners to a victory, which has been a rare occurrence for the club over the past two months.
The Gunners go into the game with just one win from 12 matches in all competitions but they can take positives from the fact that the solitary win came during the previous league game on the road to West Ham United.
They are currently seven points behind the top-four places but can reduce the gap, should Chelsea fail to win their derby against Tottenham Hotspur away from home.