Former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has reportedly snubbed Tottenham and Arsenal’s offer to be part of the academy set up and is on the verge of completing his move to Manchester City, where he will join Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff.

Arteta who joined Arsenal on the last day of the summer transfer window in 2011 along with Mertesacker, Santos, Benayoun and Park featured 13 times for Arsenal last season as he struggled with injuries all through.

In the wake of those disappointing seasons, the Spaniard announced at the end of the season that he would be hanging up his boots, and news quickly leaked that he was likely to link up with Pep Guardiola as a coach at Manchester City, a man he got to know while at the Barcelona academy.

According to The Daily Mirror, Arteta’s long-rumoured switch is now complete, and that the 34-year-old’s arrival at the Etihad will be officially announced imminently.

His final game for Arsenal came on the last day of the season where he forced an own goal out of the Aston Villa Goalkeeper. In an emotional interview after, Arteta said, ‘It’s a day I will never forget, I can only thank everyone for how you have all behaved with me and my family in those magnificent five years.

“When you leave the club is when you see what you mean to people and how you feel about the club. My emotions and the way I feel about the people cannot be any better.”

 “It is very hard to stop but I wanted to leave it. I wanted to decide, and I thought for the last few months that I wasn’t good enough to represent this club on the pitch,” Arteta said after announcing that his playing days were over.

“You have to accept it. It has been a long time for me to be playing football and I didn’t want to cheat them or anyone. It is time. I want to leave it like this and we will see what happens.

“You have to be honest with yourself. That’s why I haven’t been upset with the manager. I have been upset with myself. When you can’t get it right and you have been through injuries and difficult moments at this level.”

I regard Arteta as one of Wenger’s greatest signing and this is because he lead the club through the most sensitive period in its history. He is seen as an outstanding future managerial prospect and was said to have left Arsenal on good enough terms to one day potentially return. I hope to see him back one day.

Hope – Such a strong word!


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