Arsenal could accelerate Mikel Arteta appointment as rivals continue to drop out

Annette Crawford
May 17, 2018

Arteta has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to succeed Wenger in the past few days and Arsenal have now interviewed all of the main candidates.

Club legend Patrick Vieira was also linked with the role but the former midfielder, now head coach at New York City, is no longer thought to be in the running.

Arteta meanwhile has reached the point in his negotiations with Arsenal where he has "named potential staff and the financial package required", and among the people he wants working with him is Santi Cazorla.

Pires believes Vieira remains the ideal candidate to step into Wenger's shoes at the Emirates club. "I think all of them could manage Arsenal", he told BTSport.

'With Vieira - and this is only my opinion - yes.

Arteta Guardiola
GETTY Mikel Arteta has been working under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City

"It will be very hard for me [without Arsenal]", Wenger told the official Arsenal website.

Arsenal have selected Mikel Arteta as the leading candidate to take over from Arsene Wenger this summer, according to reports in the British media. Not just because he's my friend.

Vieira was contacted by Arsenal about the role this week, but the former skipper is said to be "disappointed and upset" by the call, which he apparently branded a "token gesture".

Following a stunning sendoff in recent weeks as he stepped away from Arsenal after nearly 22 years in the job, the legendary French manager has revealed he seems himself staying in the game.

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