Arsenal have appointed Mikel Arteta (pictured)as their manager on a three-and-a-half-year contract. The club’s former midfielder joins from Manchester City, where he has been assisting Pep Guardiola.
Arteta replaces Unai Emery, who was sacked in late November, and takes the reins from the caretaker, Freddie Ljungberg. The compensation paid by Arsenal to City is understood to be around £1m.
The 37-year-old Spaniard has no experience as a manager, though he has worked alongside Guardiola since July 2016. Arteta was a candidate to take the Arsenal job 19 months ago but the club opted for Emery.
“This is a huge honour,” Arteta told Arsenal’s website. “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.
“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.”
Brendan Rodgers was on Arsenal’s shortlist this month but signed a new contract at Leicester. Arteta takes over a team 10th in the Premier League after winning one league game since early October.