If the reports emanating from the Emirates Stadium is anything to go by, Mikel Arteta would be hired by the Gunners hierarchy in coming weeks.
The former Manchester City assistant manager is in the final phase of discussion with the club and if things go as planned, he would be named as Wenger’s successor within this week.
One of the major factors that could delay his official announcement as Arsenal manager is the fact that former Arsenal and France international striker Thierry Henry has refused to become one of his backroom staffs in the summer.
The former Arsenal’s best player has refused to receive the chance of becoming an assistant manager to the Spaniard ahead of next season.
Thierry Henry, 40, is said to be competing with Arteta for the managerial post and he is reportedly going to have a round-table discussion with Arsenal hierarchy over the possibility of overtaking the Spaniard in the race for the position.
The Frenchman still remains Arsenal’s highest goalscorer, after scoring 228 goals in 376 matches in all competitions.
It remains unknown if his proposal would be enough to convince the club’s hierarchy, who seem to have made up their mind to hire 36-year-old Mikel Arteta as the next Arsenal manager.