Arsenal have assigned their former captain Mikel Arteta as head coach on a three-and – a-half-year contract.
Arteta has been given job of reviving Arsenal’s career after after he was appointed head coach of the English Premier League side on Friday.
The 37-year-old won the FA Cup twice in a five-year career with the Gunners between 2011-2016 and succeeds fellow Spaniard Unai Emery, who was sacked in November.
Arteta had been working as an assistant coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, joining the club in 2016 after retiring as a player.
He will take over on a full time basis as Gunners boss on Sunday, leaving Freddie Ljungberg in interim charge for the trip to Everton – another of Arteta’s former clubs on Saturday. Arteta faces a strong challenge with Arsenal having won just once in 12 matches, beating West Ham under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.
“This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Arteta said in a statement.
He further stateted that “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 (owner and club director, respectively) 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.”
The Head of football Raul Sanllehi also said the club had interviewed other candidates before opting to pursue Arteta.
“We met several top-class candidates and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us,” he said in a club statement.
“Mikel understands Arsenal Football Club and what it means to our fans around the world. We look forward to him getting down to work and bringing the best out of our squad as we work to get our season back on track.”