Arsenal star Mikel Arteta looks set to join Manchester City in a coaching role this summer, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
It was revealed earlier this year that Arteta would leave the club once his contract expires at the end of the season, but now it seems that he could be retiring from football altogether at the age of 34 to become a coach.
During the an emotional farewell at the Emirates, the Spaniard confirmed after the Gunners’ 4-0 victory over Aston Villa that he has received three offers for his services.
“I am going to leave (it open) by one per cent because in football one per cent is a lot and things can twist very quickly,” he said.
“But I have different options now to be related to football which I am very grateful for. It is very unusual to have opportunities at this level.
“As well, that made me think it was probably time (to retire) and the way I have been watching football in the last few months – or probably over a year – it was not as a player, it was more as a coach. Then you have to think about it.
“You have to be honest with yourself. That’s why I haven’t been upset with the manager (by not playing), I have been upset with myself.
“When you can’t get it right and you have been through injuries and difficult moments at this level… for me to play at this club you have to be the best in your position.
“When you lose that, I think you should be away from this place. I have probably been here too long. In the last few months, I probably didn’t deserve to be here but at least I got the chance against Aston Villa to stay in touch with them and it has been amazing.
“For me, the standards you need to play for this club, it cannot be eight out of 10, it has to be 10 out of 10. When you cannot deliver that, it is not good enough.
“Sometimes people get away with it. Inside myself, my gut wasn’t clean and when you are like this, I prefer to make the decision myself.”
One of the offers is believed to be from incoming Man City manager Pep Guardiola, but he could also consider working with Mauricio Pochettino at north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur due to their previous relationship.
Arteta has missed much of the campaign with injury, making only nine appearances in the Premier League mostly coming off the bench.