Arsenal’s managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, and chief contract negotiator, Huss Fahmy, have been pictured leaving Mikel Arteta’s home in Manchester; the clearest indication yet that the 37-year-old Spaniard is being lined up for the vacant head coach role.
The duo were snapped by tabloid press late last night after reportedly holding talks with the ex-Gunner for a couple of hours.
We’re not going to link to the original pictures because of the source, but you’ll no doubt find them yourself via your favourite search engine.
Earlier in the day, Arteta, Manchester City’s assistant coach, had been alongside Pep Guardiola in the visitors’ dugout as the reigning champions eased past Arsenal with a 3-0 win at the Emirates. It appears he’s not been put off by what he saw from the players in red.
Arteta came very close to becoming Arsenal’s head coach in the aftermath of Arsene Wenger’s departure. On that occasion, he was overlooked in favour of Unai Emery but it looks likely he’ll get the gig at the second time of asking.