Mikel Arteta would welcome Arsenal approach despite being overlooked for Unai Emery

Mikel Arteta narrowly missed out on being appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta would be willing to consider an offer from Arsenal after his former club sacked Unai Emery following last night’s defeat against Eintracht Franfurt.

Emery was given his marching orders by club chiefs Edu and Raul Sanllehi on Friday morning after addressing the players one final time.

Freddie Ljungberg, who was promoted to Emery’s first team coaching set-up in the summer, will take temporary charge of the side ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match at Norwich.

Arsenal’s hierarchy will now begin the search to find Emery’s permanent replacement and are already said to have made contact with Wolves’ manager Nuno Espirito Santo, Max Allegri, who has been out of work since leaving Juventus at the end of last season, while Carlo Ancelotti, currently at Napoli, is also under consideration.

The Independent, however, claim former club captain Mikel Arteta is top of Arsenal wish list. The 37-year-old came agonisingly close to succeeding Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018 before the club’s then chief executive Ivan Gazidis plumped for Emery.

Arteta has subsequently continued to enhance his burgeoning reputation as Pep Guardiola’s No.2 but is said to be so keen to step out from his mentor’s shadow that he would be open to returning to Arsenal, despite having been snubbed 18 months ago.

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