Tottenham want Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta to join coaching staff
Mauricio Pochettino wants Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta to make the short journey across north London to join his Tottenham Hotspur staff with the Gunners now at the back of the queue of clubs willing to give the Spaniard his first coaching role.
Tottenham head coach Pochettino faces competition from incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to hand Arteta a coaching position and Arsenal are in real danger of losing the midfielder to one of their Premier League rivals.
Arteta’s playing contract at Arsenal expires at the end of this season and the 34-year-old is yet to decide whether or not he wants to keep playing or make the move into coaching.
But the Gunners have fallen behind in the race to offer him a coaching role, with Pochettino and Guardiola believed to have made Arteta attractive proposals while Arsenal drag their feet.
Both managers may even consider giving Arteta an initial player-coach role if the midfielder does not want to fully hang his boots up this summer.
The direct approaches of Pochettino and Guardiola are in stark contrast to Arsenal’s handling of the situation, with no more than casual conversations being held at the Emirates over what Arteta may do next.
Arteta is extremely high regarded at Arsenal and numerous figures in football expect the former Everton man to make a successful move into coaching, but manager Arsene Wenger is yet to show any inclination of wanting him to take a role on his first-team staff.
Losing Arteta to Tottenham would be a bitter blow to Arsenal fans, although it remains to be seen whether he would be prepared to make such a controversial move after playing at the Emirates for the last five years. William Gallas was the last player to move directly from Arsenal to Spurs in 2010.
Arteta played with Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain and described the Argentine as his “footballing father.”
Pochettino repaid the compliment by saying: “I love him and he loves me. You know our history from Paris St Germain, when he was 17 and I was the captain.
“We have a very good relationship, but I never speak about rumours.”
Even if he snubbed Tottenham, a move to Manchester City for Arteta would be similarly difficult for Arsenal fans to swallow. Wenger passed up the opportunity to offer a role to Patrick Vieira, who was made football development executive and then reserve team manager at City.
Vieira is now the head coach of one of City’s sister clubs, New York City, as the club attempt to groom the former Arsenal midfielder to one day take over as manager.
Arteta knows Guardiola from his time as a young player at Barcelona and would offer the Bayern Munich manager valuable knowledge of the Premier League once he moves to City in the summer.