Mikel Arteta: Potential new Arsenal boss gets endorsement
Arteta is favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates with chief executive Ivan Gazidis preferring a young manager.
The 36-year-old spent five seasons at Arsenal as a player and since retiring in 2016 has been gaining experience as an assistant manager under Pep Guardiola at Man City.
Arteta is highly thought of the Etihad but Guardiola gave his blessing for his Spanish compatriot to leave if he wants to pursue a career in management.
An announcement on Arsenal’s new manager is expected to be made before the World Cup.
And Arteta’s former Everton team-mate Tim Cahill believes that despite his inexperience, he would be an ideal candidate for Arsenal.
Cahill told beIN SPORT: “The best thing for him is, he is out there learning his trade. He’s out there putting in the hours that count. But he is taking it so seriously within himself and he’s got great pride, understanding of the game, the tactics and knowledge.
“Who he is working for and who he is working with now is one of the strongest setups in the world.
“So when you talk about Mikel coming into a club like Arsenal, who he has already been a part of, already knows the background, already knows what it is all about, he is not someone you would not put in the frame.
“The piece of the puzzle comes with what the coaching team is going to be. And that is pretty much the secret to most successful managers around the world.
“Can he do it? I’d never say ‘no he can’t do it but if the opportunity arises then it is definitely something as an individual he has to look at because he has earned that right.”