Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of their former captain Mikel Arteta as head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
Arteta had been working as an assistant coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, joining the club in 2016 after retiring as a player.
The club announced the appointment on Friday which brings to an end their search for a new manager, which began three weeks ago when Unai Emery was fired after 18 months in charge.
“This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. 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, and the senior people from the club” Arteta told Arsenal’s website.
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that, but I am confident we will do it” he said.
Arsenal are currently 10th in the Premier League having won just 5 of their 17 fixtures so far this season.
Arteta will take over as Arsenal manager on Sunday, meaning interim manager Freddie Ljungberg will take charge of the side for Saturday’s match against Everton.
The 37-year-old made 150 appearances for the Gunners between 2011 and 2016. Before joining Arsenal, Arteta spent 6 years at Everton, making 209 appearances. Earlier in his career, Arteta spent two years at Scottish Premiership side Rangers before joining Real Sociedad in 2004.
By Ofhani Munyai