Reports coming from London are that Arsenal are having talks with Manchester City over the availability of the latter’s assistant coach, Mikel Arteta.
The 37-year-old has been tipped as the favourite to succeed Unai Emery, who was dismissed last month.
Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham was pictured outside the Spaniard’s home in Manchester after City’s 3-0 win on Sunday.
The Gunners’ pursuit of a manager has been racked with uncertainty.
One leading target, Brendan Rodgers, signed a new contract at Leicester City when their interest became clear and another, Mauricio Pochettino, is unlikely to consider offers until end of the season.
Carlo Ancelotti and Nuno Espírito Santo were also briefly considered but Ancelotti has since accepted Everton’s offer.
Arteta has been suggested as a successor to Pep Guardiola and City have made it clear that they will monitor his progress if he takes the Arsenal job with a view to offering him a return if a vacancy arises.
A final meeting with Josh Kroenke, the Arsenal director, is believed to be imminent and Arteta’s appointment could be confirmed in the coming days.
Arteta made 149 appearances for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016, he joined the City coaching staff in July 2016 after retiring as a player.
By Ofhani Munyai