Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta | Picture: Arsenal Twitter

Premier League side Arsenal on Friday announced that they’ve appointed former player Mikel Arteta as their head coach in a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Arteta, a former Arsenal captain, joined the Gunners from Everton in 2011 and spent five years at the Emirates.

“This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club,” Arteta said in a statement released by the club.

“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy,” the statement added.

The club, however, is yet to decide on Arteta’s coaching staff.

During his time at Arsenal, Arteta made 150 appearances, scoring 16 goals in the process. He also managed to lift two FA Cup titles with the club.

Arteta was in the Manchester City dugout, as right-hand to City boss Pep Guardiola, during a 3-0 win, last Sunday.

Arsenal is currently 10th in the Premier League table after just 22 points from 17 games this season.

Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge of Arsenal will be against his former side Everton at the Goodison Park, on Sunday.

Arteta spent six years (2005-11) as a player at Everton.

 

 

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