In focus: Everton join Arsenal in race for Mikel Arteta

Everton have joined Arsenal on the list of clubs interested in giving Mikel Arteta his first managerial job, according to reports.

What’s the story?

According to reports, both Everton and Arsenal are chasing Arteta as a potential long term solution to their managerial woes.

Arteta made 174 league appearances for the Toffees, before moving to Arsenal in 2011 where he made 110 league appearances.

The midfielder scored 28 times for Everton, but left a sour taste in the mouth of many fans with his move to London. Despite this, it is reported that Everton chairman Bill Kenwright will try and persuade the club to sign Arteta.

For now, both Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce are resisting the pressure mounting on them, but with Arsenal missing out on Champions League football and Big Sam struggling to win over the Everton faithful, there could be an interesting battle for Arteta’s services come this summer.

Where would be the best fit?

The 35 year-old Spaniard has been assistant manager at Manchester City since Pep Guardiola took over in 2016, and has understandably caught the eye of the two Premier League clubs he once played for.

Guardiola’s City have run away with the Premier League this season, and with Arsenal looking to maintain their style and Everton looking to find theirs, it’s no surprise that both have been linked with a move for a member of Guardiola’s staff.

Despite his successful stint at Arsenal, he would be better suited to the job at Everton. Although he left the club on a bad note, the Spaniard was a club legend at Goodison and could quickly win over the fans with even the slightest hint of what Guardiola’s City are producing. Arsenal is also a massive job for someone so young.