We told you yesterday that Arsenal and Mikel Arteta had reached an agreement over his appointment as head coach.
The Spaniard received assurances over the job he has to undertake, support from the board in terms of his staff and backing in the transfer market, and agreed a three and a half year deal.
The only thing left was for Arsenal to negotiate his release from Man City, and it’s being widely reported this evening that the two clubs have reached a settlement which should see the 37 year old be announced in the next 24 hours.
Arteta will become the second youngest manager in the club’s history, and with a big job to do.
As is often the way in football, the fixture list has thrown up a tantalising first game – a return to another former club when the Gunners face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The preparations for the match are being carried out by interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg, and Arteta’s arrival will probably come too late for him to have a significant impact on the plans for this game.
The busy festive period means he’ll be straight into the thick of things though – the next three fixtures are Bournemouth away, followed by two home games against Chelsea and Man Utd respectively.
A nice easy for start for the new man 😉