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Will Mikel Arteta manage Arsenal vs Everton?

By CJ Smith

Mikel Arteta analysis

Published: 14:16, 20 December 2019

Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of former midfielder Mikel Arteta as the club’s new permanent manager.

The Gunners parted company with Unai Emery in November after a poor run of results saw them slip well behind in the race for a top-four spot, as well as crash out of the Carabao Cup.

Arteta takes Arsenal job: Five things to know…

  • Arteta made 149 appearances for Arsenal during his playing days.
  • Since retiring in 2016, Arteta has helped Man City to a number of major honours as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.
  • Arsenal sacked Emery in November after a poor run saw them slip down the Premier League table.
  • Arteta takes over in the dugout from interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.
  • The Spaniard will begin his duties on Sunday, following Arsenal’s clash with Everton.

Former winger Freddie Ljungberg has been in temporary charge since Emery’s dismissal but managed one win in five games. The Arsenal hierarchy will be hoping Arteta can inspire a quick turnaround in form following his move from Manchester City, where he enjoyed a role as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.

Arsenal confirmed the Spaniard will begin his duties on Sunday, a day after their Premier League clash with Everton.

Speaking to the Arsenal’s official website, Arteta spoke of his “honour” at returning to “one of the biggest clubs in the world” and his desire to deliver silverware at the Emirates.

He said: “This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.

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“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”

Arsenal currently lie 10th in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.