With Mikel Arteta close to being confirmed as the next Arsenal boss, The Independent has reported that the Spaniard is keen to recruit fellow countryman and current Gunner, Santi Cazorla, into his coaching setup.

The media source has stated that Arteta wants Santi as part of his coaching framework as a player-coach. The midfielder is still fighting his way back to fitness after an horrific achilles injury nearly required amputation.

It is still unclear whether Cazorla will ever return, although toward the end of the last season he was seen taking part in first team training. What capacity he will have for the top level remains to be seen, but Arteta feels that the talented player has exactly what it takes to help enhance the current squad.

Much has been made of Santi Cazorla’s true two-footed technique, and if this can be imbued toward some of the players, then it is clear why Arteta reportedly wants him on the training field.

Other former Gunners are also stepping forward and offering their coaching services. Robert Pires was often on the training field after retiring at London Colney, and has recently spoken out about eyeing a place as a coach, and reportedly, Thierry Henry has also been approached.

Former Gunner Freddie Ljungberg has already agreed to return to the club as a coach after leaving a season ago to become Assistant Manager at Wolfsburg, and newly retired Per Mertesacker is heading up the club’s Academy, so there is a wealth of experience that Arteta can tap into.

Arteta still hasn’t been confirmed by the club, but it is expected that it is mere formality, and when he does sign, he could have a very recognisable bench on show for his first game.