Man City chiefs fuming with Arsenal and demand huge payout for Arteta

Date published: Monday 16th December 2019 8:17

Manchester City chiefs have been left annoyed with the way Arsenal have made their approach for assistant coach Mikel Arteta, according to a report.

Reports emerged on Monday claiming that the Gunners – who are still looking for the permanent successor to Unai Emery in the dugout – have held two meetings with Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man about taking the job.

The speculation arose as pictures emerged of Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham outside Arteta’s house in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to the PA News Agency, the Premier League champions are not impressed with the conduct of Arsenal and will demand a seven-figure sum in compensation should the Spaniard leave.

They are especially annoyed because City played at Arsenal on Sunday and no approach was made when club officials met.

City, however, do not have an issue with 37-year-old Arteta, and will allow him to make his own decision and will not stand in the coach’s way if he does decide to move to North London.

Elsewhere, Paul Merson has branded Arsenal’s board “clueless” for making the approach for the Spaniard.

The pundit also claimed that it would be a big gamble for the Gunners to appoint someone with no experience of managing a team on his own.

He said: “This is a big, big gamble putting someone that has never managed before in charge of a club the size of Arsenal.

“It’s all well and good saying he’s worked under Pep Guardiola, but let’s be honest, Guardiola would struggle managing this Arsenal team. Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp would struggle!



“You’re only as good as your players at the end of the day and the idea of Arteta replicating Guardiola’s style of football at the Emirates just falls apart when you look at the players he’ll be working with.”

Arsenal‘s next game sees them face Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.



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