Just when Arsenal fans were trying to get their heads around the prospect of Mikel Arteta managing the club, the race for Arsene Wenger’s successor took a sharp turn.
According to BBC Sport, the North London outfit will hire former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery later this week.
The Spaniard is out of work after getting sacked by the French giants earlier this month following the club’s failure in the Champions League.
The 46-year-old won five trophies during his two-year spell at Parc des Princes, including the Ligue 1 title, and prior to that, he helped Sevilla claim three consecutive Europa League crowns.
Arteta was thought to be the leading candidate for the job, but his lack of experience perhaps contributed to him just missing out.
After retiring from professional football in 2016, the former midfielder joined Manchester City to work as part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff.
It appears that Arteta wants to take that next step into management, but City fans are more than happy at the prospect of the Spaniard staying put.
City's next manager will continue to learn under the master 😉
— Bernard Dinneen (@CharlesDinneen) May 21, 2018
I’m happy to hear this. 💙.
— Simone 🏆💙🥇🎗 (@Vrtlnsanity) May 21, 2018
— Dan Martin (@DanMartin195) May 21, 2018
More Arteta + Pep yes!
— Catalyst (@ByTheMinute_) May 21, 2018
— Żaçk⚜️ (@zftbI) May 21, 2018
Yes, vital part of our success last season and would love for him to stay
— That Bald Fraud 🏆 (@KingKhan2471) May 21, 2018
Better..he shuld learn the ropes
— Nsima splendid-pal (@NsimaEkong17) May 21, 2018
Was getting excited over the prospect of Xavi/alonso/iniesta assistant manager but clearly Arteta works so I’m perfectly ok with it continuing
— L.S. (@LRYSNE19) May 21, 2018
Hope so like pep said he's been a huge influence on the players this year.💙💉💙
— Ctid (@morgan_mcfc) May 21, 2018
— ski (@ski529) May 21, 2018