Manchester City is willing to let Arsenal scoop their assistant manager Mikel Arteta, but not without forking out the £2m stipulated in his release contract as compensation.
It is no secret that Arsenal has been chasing after Manchester City’s assistant coaching hopes of having him replace Unai Emery as the new Gunners manager.
It seems that some sort of agreement must have been reached between the two clubs as Arsenal postponed a news conference that was meant to be held by interim manager Freddie Ljungberg on Thursday.
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Also, it is reported that Arteta already said his goodbyes to the Manchester City staff on Thursday morning, a clear indication that some sort of impending announcement was just around the corner concerning the 37-year-olds future.
The media now await to see who will be addressing them this Friday morning ahead of Arenal’s Premier League match off with Everton on Saturday.
Hopes are that the Gunner’s have finally put an end to their search and signed off on the deal as the recent poor performance by the club is a clear indicator of the negative effects the lack of proper leadership and stability is having on the club.
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With the end of the first half of the season approaching, it would only be in the best interest of the club to have this matter finally closed so as to give Arteta a chance to put a proper team together during the upcoming Winter transfer window starting in January.
The Gunners currently find themselves at 10th spot on the Premier League table. They are currently only 7 points away from 4th placed Chelsea for a spot in the top 4 but will need to make some drastic improvements in the next half of the season should they have any hope of achieving a top 4 finish.