Arsenal have been urged to appoint Mikel Arteta to replace Unai Emery and reunite the club, by Tony Cascarino.
TalkSPORT pundit Cascarino says the Gunners have become “divided” under the Spaniard and he believes that Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City would be the perfect man to take Arsenal forward.
Arteta spent five years as a player at the Emirates under Arsene Wenger before retiring as a Gunner in 2016.
He was heavily fancied as the man to replace the Frenchman before Emery was appointed, in fact Arteta held extensive talks with Arsenal chiefs regarding the possibility of succeeding Wenger, but eventually decided to stay put.
Now, Cascarino thinks the time could be right for Arteta to become a manager in his own right.
“There are managers out there, but I said three years ago Mikel Arteta would have been the one [I picked],” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“If you read about all the stuff about Arteta at Man City behind the scenes, I felt he would be a great fit for Arsenal and I think he would take it to a new direction.
“His English is far better than Emery’s and he would be a massive plus for Arsenal if they chose to make that decision.
“Arsenal have to be brought together. There are a very divided club from their fanbase.
“Their fanbase is totally divided; they were over Wenger, they are over Emery and they are over the players in their team. It’s where the club is.
“Some has got to convince Arsenal fans who are doubters that they’re on the right track.
“Unai Emery hasn’t done that. He hasn’t convinced arsenal fans who done believe he is the right man.”