While it may not be Sol Campbell levels of betrayal, Arsenal and Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are having a few light-hearted (for now) debates over reports in the Evening Standard Mikel Arteta could switch allegiances in North London.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out the possibility of drafting the 34-year old in as a member of his coaching staff at White Hart Lane next season.
A number of muscle injuries have limited the Gunners captain to just 15 Premier League appearances in two seasons and he is expected to retire at the end of the campaign.
The pair worked together while the midfielder was on loan with Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in 2002, where he was captained by the current Spurs chief.
‘You know our history from Paris St Germain, when he was 17 and I was the captain’, revealed the former Southampton manager.
‘We have a very good relationship. The thing is rumours and you know I never speak about rumours.’
Pep Guardiola, an old friend of the former Everton and Rangers man, is also reported to be interested in bringing him in as a member of his backroom staff when he lands at Manchester City over the summer.
Will Arsenal fans give Arteta stick for leaving? Could it prove to be a masterstroke from Mauricio? Or will Pep get his way?Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!