Arsenal earmark Spaniard as their number one choice for new manager

Arsene Wenger: Mikel Arteta has quality to become Arsenal manager

Arsenal to open talks with Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta on Thursday

Arsenal are to hold talks with former midfielder Mikel Arteta on Thursday about their vacant manager's position, according to reports.

The search has begun for Wenger's successor after his 22-year association ended with a win over Huddersfield Town on Sunday and the north London outfit are hopefully of naming a new manager before the start of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Arsenal have reportedly moved to make significant changes to the backroom staff at the Emirates Stadium.

It was revealed earlier this month that Wenger would be stepping down at the end of the season, after 22 years at the club. "I think all of them could manage Arsenal", Pires said in an interview with BTSport.com.

Arteta meanwhile has reached the point in his negotiations with Arsenal where he has "named potential staff and the financial package required", and among the people he wants working with him is Santi Cazorla.

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Arsenal will be looking to appoint a manager capable of leading the Gunners to a Premier League title challenge, with the Gunners having failed to challenge for the title in recent seasons.

"There's maybe a small advantage for Allegri and Ancelotti as they both have a lot of experience in Italy, Germany and England".

'He is doing very well with New York City, and he told me the job is very hard and difficult.

Arsenal's head of football relations Raul Sanllehi is believed to favour a more experienced replacement for Wenger but Gazidis is confident of overcoming his reservations.

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