Arteta reveals why he snubbed chance to succeed Wenger at Arsenal

Date published: Wednesday 11th September 2019 2:32

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Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta has disclosed his three motives behind declining the opportunity to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, and why a move to become the Newcastle manager this summer did not materialise.

Arteta spent five years as a player at the Emirates under the legendary French manager before retiring as a Gunner in 2016.

Within a matter of months, Arteta had been snapped up onto the coaching team at the Etihad by fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola and has been praised for his depth of knowledge and tactical nous ever since.

One year later, Arteta held extensive talks with Arsenal chiefs regarding the possibility of succeeding Wenger, but the mantle at the North London club was eventually handed to ex-Sevilla and PSG boss Unai Emery.

Now, speaking to SER Catalunya (via the Metro), Arteta has outlined his reasoning behind snubbing the opportunity, stating: “Yes, there have been some things, but the decision I have made is that I am very happy where I am, I feel very valued and fulfilled. And the road will continue here [at Man City].”

News emerged that Arteta was a target for Mike Ashley to succeed in Rafael Benitez’s footsteps on Tyneside, but the ex-Gunner divulged that he never truly considered the approach.

“Sometimes, I was about to leave, but I stopped myself,” said Arteta.

“The first [time] was different, the second was mostly me.

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“Firstly, that I am not in a hurry and I have not felt that I need to take the step.

‘There are important conditions, especially in a first experience for me that are vital and eventually… I learned that these are essential to develop what you want, no matter how clear your vision is.

“And the third is a matter of loyalty, when you promise someone to continue next year, with little time to manoeuvre, it was not appropriate to make that decision.

“And because I think we still have that space for improvement and that ambition to be able to do something we dream of, which is to win the Champions League. That work remains to be done.”


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