Ever since Arsene Wenger announced that he will be stepping down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season, fans have been discussing who could take over.
The Frenchman guided the North London outfit for 22 years before his final curtain call last Sunday when the Gunners ended the campaign with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town.
Now, work is going on behind the scenes to find Wenger’s successor, and it seems that Mikel Arteta is a candidate.
According to The Guardian, the Spaniard has held positive talks with Arsenal regarding the vacancy and has already begun considering who he would appoint as backroom staff.
Arteta, who won four club trophies during his playing career, spent five years at Arsenal, where he became an FA Cup winner and earned the captaincy.
Since retiring from the game in 2016, the 36-year-old has been developing his coaching skills as part of Pep Guardiola’s team at Manchester City.
Now, it appears that he wants to make it out on his own, but Arsenal fans have thrown a spanner in the works.
On Wednesday morning, Everton announced the departure of manager Sam Allardyce, who lasted just six months at Goodison Park.
Arteta is very familiar with the Merseyside outfit having spent six years at the club before moving to Arsenal in 2011.
Now that a vacancy has opened up at Goodison Park, Arsenal fans are wondering whether the Spaniard will be snapped up by Everton.
Some supporters are hoping that will be the case!
— The Real Callie (@RedSoleGooner) May 16, 2018
Wouldn’t it be funny after all of this Arteta goes to Everton
— Charlie Bell-Ritchings (@Chazzabr1997) May 16, 2018
Arteta to Everton now??😂😂😭 https://t.co/tc9MRJpCsr
— Mufi (@Mufz11) May 16, 2018
@Everton please take Arteta 🙏🏻
— Kieran (@spartians5) May 16, 2018
Everton should go for Arteta since hes been alongside Pep for two years. Would be a great signing.
(I wrote this with so much sarcasm)
— #AM'Ghost' ♈ (@Ants_Asylum) May 16, 2018
Wonder if Everton beat us to Arteta???
— GoonerAFC (@GoonerAFC5) May 16, 2018
EVERTON SIGNS ARTETA AS THEIR MANAGER.
EVERTON FINISHES ABOVE ARSENAL.
HAHAHAHAHA THAT WOULD BE BANTER
— Tadashi (@christianrbno) May 16, 2018
— AKB (@lilpetedj) May 16, 2018
The Everton job is now available. Come on Everton please appoint Arteta 😂🙏
— Brandon Halstead (@MrBHAFC) May 16, 2018