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Mikel Arteta favourite to become Arsenal manager

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo GETTYArsenal tried to sign Cristiano Ronaldo before he joined Manchester United in 2003
Cary Erickson | 17 May, 2018, 03:17

Vieira was one of the frontrunners to replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium, but Mikel Arteta is now the distant favourite.

The former Gunners midfielder, who currently works under Pep Guardiola as a coach at Manchester City , is now the frontrunner for the post after Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri all but removed himself from the running .

The former Arsenal captain, who made 406 appearances for the Gunners during a nine-year spell in north London, has been touted as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger, who stepped down from his role at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

That leaves Arteta in the clear as it has seemed for some time that Arsenal wanted a younger coach with fresh ideas to reinvigorate their squad after a disappointing past two seasons under Wenger.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
GETTYArsene Wenger wishes he could have signed Cristiano Ronaldo

The Sun says Gazidis has been pushing for Arteta since Wenger announced he was stepping down last month. That's no mean feat given the tactical nous needed to not only understand but help players understand what Pep wants.

Barcelona was also negotiating with Barcelona ex-coach Luis Enrique.

Carzorla, who has is out of contract in the summer, hasn't kicked a ball in anger since a 3-2 win over Swansea City in October 2016 due to injury but it appears Arteta is keen on keeping his former teammate at Arsenal.

Club legend Patrick Vieira was still hoping he could land the role but Arteta is seemingly the preferred candidate and is now odds-on to land the job, and has been back into 1/2 with Coral.

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