Mikel Arteta is the man that Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal chief executive, wants to replace Arsene Wenger, according to Sky Sports.
The Spaniard is a former Arsenal captain and is currently Manchester City assistant manager, but has never held a top job himself and that lack of experience could see him be as out of his depth as David Moyes was as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.
The report states that Gazidis is unworried about Arteta’s lack of managerial experience and that Arsenal must be bold in pursuit of a new man to take them forward when Wenger leaves the club at the end of the season.
It continues to say that no candidates were sounded out before Wenger’s announcement on Friday as a sign of respect to Wenger so the global search to choose his successor is only just beginning in earnest.
Apparently, there is also support for Luis Enrique among the corridors of power at the Emirates as potential candidates will be sounded out in the coming week.
Arteta is doing a brilliant job at Manchester City and of course he has been more closely involved in a Premier League title win – this season – than Wenger or Arsenal have for many a year.
But that doesn’t qualify him to take over from a Premier League legend. Succeeding Wenger is a huge job; Arsenal are in his image, he has made every decision over the past 22 years and now the new man in charge will be tasked with overhauling the club and sating the desire of an expected fanbase.
Also, from Arteta’s own perspective, taking on this job too early could end up killing his own managerial career before it has even got started.
Arsenal have to aim higher and leave men like Arteta and Patrick Vieira for a few months time; this is a job for an experienced head.