Following the dismissal of Unai Emery last month and the decision that interim boss Freddie Ljungberg is not the right fit for the club, Arsenal are set to appoint their former club captain Arteta before the weekend.
The club had planned to stage a press conference on Thursday, but that was cancelled ahead of today’s announcement.
The Arsenal squad will know Arteta’s appointment is inevitable. Here Alice Reeves-Turner takes a look at the potential winners and losers from the Spaniard’s impending arrival:
So after a night of negotiations, the wait goes on. We’re expecting both confirmation of Arteta’s appointment and his unveiling as manager today. The sticking point has reportedly been Arsenal’s haggling over the seven-figure compensation needing to be paid to City to free Arteta from his contract
Meanwhile, Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, is desperate to leave club, along some other team-mates, according to the UK Independent.
The Gunners are set to make Mikel Arteta their new manager after the Spaniard agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal.
Arteta’s first job will be to convince some of the club’s biggest players, including Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka, to buy into his project and commit their long-term futures to Arsenal.
Aubameyang is unsettled at Arsenal and considering a move away when the transfer window opens in January.
He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent months and stalled on contract talks, as he is unhappy with the current situation.
The Gabon international’s contract expires in 18 months, meaning the Gunners may be forced to sell now for cash or risk losing him on a free.