The frenzy surrounding Mikel Arteta and his supposed imminent arrival at Arsenal is increasing by the hour, with some reports stating that the announcement is merely a day away.
Talks between the Spaniard’s current club, Manchester City, and Arsenal are apparently ongoing and have reached a sensitive stage, but according to respected journalist David Ornstein, any other name coming in to become Manager would be a real surprise right now.
The majority of the talk surrounding Arteta becoming boss involves his lack of experience, but childhood friend and Spanish football legend Xabi Alonso has weighed in with his own opinion on whether Arteta will be a success at the club.
Alonso mentioned that Arteta was always going to be a manager and Alonso remains convinced about his friend’s capacity to be in the top spot at a club – but quelled rumours surrounding Alonso joining Arteta as his Assistant Manager as he is happy managing Real Sociedad B.
Alonso wasn’t the only recognized name to comment on the prospect of Arteta becoming the next Arsenal boss.
Sky Sports pundit and former Gunner Paul Merson had his say on the rumours, and wasn’t exactly a fan of the impending appointment, saying “As far as I’m concerned you don’t start at one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”
Arteta himself gave a glimpse of what we can expect from him should he indeed take the reins as boss, back in 2014. The Spaniard commented on what his philosophy would be should he ever delve into management;
“My philosophy will be clear. I will have everyone 120% committed, that’s the first thing. If not, you don’t play for me.”
“When it’s time for work it’s time for work, and when it’s time to have fun then I’m the first one to do it, but commitment is vital.”
“Then I want the football to be expressive, entertaining. I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition. We have to dictate the game, we have to take the ones taking the initiative and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us. I’m 100% convinced of those things and I think I could do it.”
Arteta certainly talks a good game but when it comes to pundits and experts, the jury is out.