Mikel Arteta will oversee the hiring of a new backroom team following the departures of several long-serving staff in the wake of Arsene Wenger’s departure, according to Goal. The 36-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Wenger’s successor in the coming days after agreeing a deal in principle to rejoin his former club. Since hanging up his playing boots at the end of the 2015/16 season, Arteta has been working under Pep Guardiola as one of the Manchester City manager’s assistants.
Goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton, fitness coach Tony Colbert and kit man Paul Johnson have all departed along with physio Colin Lewin, who worked at the club for 23 years.
Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann are believed to have been offered roles in the new set-up, while Per Mertesacker has already been installed as the academy manager. Reports earlier this week claimed Arteta was considering offering a coaching role to Santi Cazorla, who recently returned to first team training after suffering a calf injury which has ruled him out since October 2016.
Arsenal also are reportedly planning to hold talks with Thierry Henry, currently Roberto Martinez’s assistant with Belgium, although it is as yet unclear where the club’s all-time record goalscorer would fit in under the new regime. Speaking on Thursday, Arsene Wenger advised Arteta to surround himself with people who will uphold the values and traditions of the club.
He told beIN Sports: ‘I left a lot of experience behind me. People who were with me like Steve Bould for six years, Jens Lehmann as well. Unfortunately some other staff have left.
‘He has all the qualities to do the job and I have seen as well he is one of the favourites ‘He was a leader, has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, knows what is important at the club. He was captain of the club so why not?’
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