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The journey from the Emirates Stadium to the Etihad is a path well-trodden for Arsenal players, with Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure, Bacary Sagna, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri and, erm, Richard Wright having swapped the red for light blue in recent years. However, the walk to and from White Hart Lane to the home of Arsenal isn’t a path used as often.
This season is already pretty sweet for the Lilywhites with Pochettino’s men still dreaming of a title and almost certainly finishing above Arsenal for the first time in forever. So, how could that dream scenario get any better? By signing the Gunners’ club captain, of course.
That’s right, Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino are both interested in bringing Mikel Arteta on board as a coach – potentially a player-coach – this summer.
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Arteta enjoys a great relationship with Poch, having described the Spurs gaffer as his “footballing father” after their time together at Paris Saint-Germain. A comment to which the former Southampton manager responded to:
“I love him and he loves me. You know our history from Paris St Germain, when he was 17 and I was the captain.
“We have a very good relationship, but I never speak about rumours.”
The reported interest in Arteta from two high-profile clubs and managers highlights, yet again, the decline of Arsene Wenger. The once decisive, forward-thinking and influential manager from Grampus Eight is now a hesitant shell of the man who once revolutionised English football and gave us the Invincibles.
Arteta is widely liked and respected at Arsenal; Wenger must not lose the Spaniard from Arsenal’s future just like he did with Patrick Vieira – good job he didn’t try to hang onto Remi Garde, though.