Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are facing up to the possibility of seeing another captain move to a rival club, although this scenario is admittedly a bit different.
Metro quotes Gunners skipper Mikel Arteta as confirming his intention to move into coaching at the end of his career, which is likely to be this summer as his contract with the north London giants is due to expire.
Whilst many Arsenal fans will hope he stays around to provide a continued influence behind the scenes, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have expressed interest in bringing the Spaniard in to coach at their clubs.
Arteta himself did not directly address where his desired coaching role will be but the 34-year-old has seemingly closer the door to an extension of his playing career.
‘I am looking to go into coaching at the end of my career, and so I look at everybody and try to analyse what works and what doesn’t,’
‘I look at all the coaches and managers to see what problems they can create and how they do it.’
‘If you were to ask me about my philosophy as a coach – and I’ve been lucky to work under some of the very best coaches – I will want to play in the opposition half, and to be very aggressive,’
Our landlord feels Arsenal would be daft not to offer Arteta a role within their set-up, as the Spaniard could provide a vast influence.
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