Official: Mikel Arteta appointed as new Arsenal coach

The ex Gunners midfielder takes the reins after the Everton clash

Mikel Arteta vuelve al Arsenal para ocupar el banquillo
Mikel Arteta vuelve al Arsenal para ocupar el banquillo | ARSENAL FC

Arsenal have appointed Mikel Arteta as manager on a three and a half year deal, taking over from Unai Emery who was sacked in November.

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Arteta previously played for Arsenal for five years and had been working as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Man City from 2016.

"We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game," Arteta, 37, said.

"That's been made very clear to me in my discussions with [owners] 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," added Arteta.

"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."

Interim coach Freddie Ljungberg stays in charge for the clash with Everton. It is unknown if the Swede will remain as part of Arteta’s team or not.

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