Sport Report: Arsenal not close to hiring Wenger's successor; Arteta being considered

18:35  12 may  2018
18:35  12 may  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Former Arsenal man Mikel Arteta is being lined up as a future Gunners manager, according to a report . Despite Wenger having 18 months to run on his contract, Arsenal are already making plans for a successor and see Arteta , 35, as their top target.

Conversations are so advanced that Arteta is giving thought to the people he might want in his backroom team. It is unclear whether Steve Bould would stay, with Wenger ’ s assistant not always seeing eye to eye with Arteta when they were together at Arsenal . Close .

Massimiliano Allegri wearing a suit and tie© Provided by theScore

Arsenal may turn to a familiar face in its first search for a manager in 22 years, but the north London side is reportedly taking a methodical approach to finding Arsene Wenger's successor.

Ahead of Wenger's final game on Sunday, David Ornstein of BBC Sport reports that the club is "not close" to appointing a new manager, even though the team's reported deadline of hiring a new coach is approaching.

It's understood club officials have yet to reach an agreement on a candidate and that an announcement is not expected to be made next week.

A number of candidates have been mentioned recently, with Ornstein reporting that former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is being considered for the job following his year alongside Pep Guardiola as a Manchester City assistant.

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ARSENAL are reportedly no closer to finding Arsene Wenger ’ s successor . But former player and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta IS among those being considered by the Emirates hierarchy.

Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta have been linked with the Arsenal job that will become vacant in the summer. Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of season – video report . The broader point Wenger sought to make was his successor would have a wonderful chance to be successful because he had

Arteta is among a condensed shortlist of candidates Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph said is comprised of NYCFC manager and former captain of the Gunners Patrick Vieira and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.

AS Monaco's Leonardo Jardim is another name being discussed.

Arsenal's search will reportedly pick up steam once most of Europe's top leagues conclude later this month, allowing candidates who are still under contract with other clubs to finish their season.

Wenger will occupy the Arsenal touchline one last time when the Gunners travel south Sunday to take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Falmer Stadium.

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