Wenger says Arteta has ‘qual­i­ties’ for hot­seat at Gun­ners

Manchester Evening News - - CITY - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI si­mon.bajkowski@reach­plc.com @sp­ba­jko

ARSENE Wenger has talked up Mikel Arteta’s qual­i­ties to be the next Arse­nal man­ager.

The Cata­lan, who was at the Emi­rates for five years as a player, has been part of Pep Guardiola’s back­room staff for the past two years af­ter hang­ing up his boots.

But City’s man­ager may need to make plans for a re­place­ment as Arteta moves closer to the Gun­ners hot­seat.

Wenger, who has left af­ter 22 years in charge, is keen not to pub­licly in­flu­ence his suc­ces­sor but would not have an is­sue with Arteta tak­ing the po­si­tion.

“He has all the qual­i­ties to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites,” he told beIN Sports.

“He was a leader, and he has a good pas­sion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is im­por­tant at the club and he was cap­tain of the club. Why not?”

Arteta has been praised for the work he has done in trans­lat­ing Guardiola’s prin­ci­ples into re­al­ity for the play­ers, and the man­ager hailed his work to im­prove Ra­heem Ster­ling and PFA Young Player of the Year Leroy Sane over the last year.

“Arteta has helped them both to make a lot of ac­tions near to the box,” he said.

“The qual­i­ties one against one, we say to the wingers when you re­ceive the ball, if the con­trol is good, the shape is good, go, go, it doesn’t mat­ter if you lose the ball – try.

“They work af­ter train­ing ses­sions and drills close to the box with sit­u­a­tions that are go­ing to hap­pen in the game to make them com­fort­able and make them be­lieve more in what they have to do.”

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