Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs has given his verdict on whether his ex-team-mate Mikel Arteta should leave Man City for Arsenal. Arteta is in talks with the Gunners over the chance to replace Unai Emery as the club’s long-term head coach. Freddie Ljungberg has been in charge since Emery was sacked last month and now Arsenal are close to prising Arteta from City. The former Everton midfielder has spent the last three years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant but could now make the jump up to his first managerial role since retiring in 2016.
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The 37-year-old was at Arsenal from 2011 to 2016 after leaving Everton following a six-year stay and Stubbs, who played with Arteta at the Toffees from 2006 to 2008, has issued a warning to his former team-mate on what has to be done at the Gunners. “It’s a big call for Mikel. He’s shown that he’s a really good coach. Working under arguably the best coach in world football has surely done him a world of good,” Stubbs told BBC Radio 5 Live. Read More
“Arsenal are in a really difficult position, though, and I think there is a lot more turmoil behind the scenes than what we have seen. Mikel could stay with Guardiola for another couple of years and walk into a job where there is not as much turmoil. “There are some very difficult individuals that he will need to get out as quickly as possible.”