The search for who replaces Arsene Wenger is ongoing but the baton is tilting towards Mikel Arteta and Arsenal former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed the Spaniard the succeed him, according to report.
Wenger agreed to step down as the manager of Arsenal after 22-years in the reigns of the club but the London club are yet to appoint his replacement.
Several names including Luis Enrique, Massimiliano Allegri and Mikel Arteta have featured prominently on the list of managers tipped to replace the legendary Arsene Wenger but reports have indicated that Luis Enrique and Max Allegri have rebuffed offers from Arsenal, leaving Arteta as clear favourite for the job.
During his days with Arsenal, Arteta captained the Gunners and Wenger never failed to talk up the qualities he saw in the Spaniard. Arteta is currently assistant to Man City manager Pep Guardiola but Wenger has revealed why the 36-year-old star will fit in to the Arsenal role.
“He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites,” he told beinSPORTS.
“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?”
While majority of Arsenal fans are calling for their club to appoint a manager with experience, Wenger further said claimed that whoever gets appointed by the club, will have some experienced backroom staff to work with.
“I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like Steve Bould who has six years experience, and Jens Lehmann too,” Wenger added.
“He has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities.”