- Mikel Arteta has been named new Arsenal boss for the next three-and-a-half years
- The 37-year-old replaced Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium
- Arteta spent five years during his playing days at the north London Stadium
Arsenal have announced the appointment of former midfielder Mikel Arteta as their new manager.
The Spaniard joined the Gunners on a three-and-a-half-year deal after joining them from Manchester City.
Arteta has been with the Citizens since 2016 after the appointment of former Bayern Munich boss three years ago.
Arteta has been a part of City's success in the last two seasons as the Etihad Stadium outfit became the first English team to win a domestic treble last term.
"We're delighted to announce Mikel Arteta is joining the club as our head coach on Sunday.
"Mikel, a former club captain, played for us for five seasons from 2011 to 2016 and has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract.
Reacting to his appointment, Arteta said the Gunners should be contending for titles being one of the biggest clubs in the world.
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Mikel said: “This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is planning to quit Arsenal if the club goes ahead to appoint Mikel Arteta as their new manager.
The Gunners have been coachless since the sack of former boss Unai Emery with Freddie Ljungberg temporarily in charge of the team.
Reports in England, however, reveals that the Manchester City assistant captain has sent his goodbyes to staff and players of the Citizens.
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