By Richard Parks

New Arsenal managerial favourite Mikel Arteta snubbed an offer to join Mauricio Pochettino’s backroom staff in Tottenham two years ago, according to a report.

The Mirror claim the Spaniard, 36, is the favoured choice of the Gunners to succeed Arsene Wenger and his coaching pedigree has been endorsed by Pochettino.

It is said that the Spurs manager tried to lure Arteta on to his coaching team when he retired from playing in the summer of 2016 but the former midfielder opted to join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City instead.

Football Insider verdict:

Arsenal fans may admit it only begrudgingly, but they will privately be hugely encouraged that Pochettino is such a big fan of Arteta. It appears that the Spaniard is close to being appointed the successor to Wenger in a move that is both a gamble and logical at the same time. The ex-midfielder has cut his coaching teeth working under Guardiola, the best in the business and the man who has just steered Man City to one of the greatest-ever campaigns in English football history. It is in Arteta’s favour that managers of the calibre of Guardiola and Pochettino rate him so highly, and will surely be integral to his place as frontrunner. The Spaniard has no top-level experience, but neither did Pep before he took the Barcelona reins, and it is the same for a number of brilliant young German coaches lighting up the Bundesliga. Arsenal have been stale for so long. They need a young, fresh face to blaze a new trail and reignite a dressing room that has undelivered for so long.

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