Mikel Arteta Nears Arsenal Manager Job; Players Told of Impending Arrival

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And now the Spaniard, according to several reports, has emerged as the clear front runner to succeed Wenger who has stepped down after nearly 22 years in charge.

And according to the Independent, the first thing the Spaniard will look to do at the Emirates is offer his former Arsenal teammate a job in his backroom staff - presenting Cazorla with a solution to his ongoing injury problems.

Such names include Rui Faria, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique, Massimiliano Allegri, Julian Nagelsmann, Patrick Vieira and Zeljko Buvac.

Wenger took charge of the Gunners for the last time in Sunday's 1-0 win over Huddersfield, bidding an emotional farewell after 1,235 games at the helm, winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups along the way.

"There's maybe a small advantage for Allegri and Ancelotti as they both have a lot of experience in Italy, Germany and England".

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Pires says he has seen the shortlist of managers who could potentially replace Wenger in the Emirates dugout.

Lewin has been with Arsenal for 23 years and is said to be unhappy with the decision, while goalkeeping specialist Gerry Peyton, fitness coach Tony Colbert and equipment specialist Paul Johnson have also been told that they are free to find new positions over the summer. Not just because he's my friend.

"He is doing very well with New York City, and he told me the job is very hard and difficult".

Arsenal's head of football relations Raul Sanllehi is believed to favour a more experienced replacement for Wenger but Gazidis is confident of overcoming his reservations.

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