Whether Arsenal fans like it or not, Mikel Arteta is now the frontrunner to become their next manager.
Photographs emerged of Arsenal chiefs leaving Arteta's property on Sunday night and some bookmakers are even suspending odds on him replacing Freddie Ljungberg.
The timing of the whole situation seems especially remarkable when you consider Arteta was sat in the Emirates Stadium's dugout for his last game, only as Manchester City's assistant coach.
That was even the case for his first Premier League game back with City after he missed out on the job to Unai Emery, who was sacked two weeks ago, in the summer of 2018.
However, what's most important is the clear direction from Arsenal, especially when you consider more experienced more coaches like Massimiliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti were also linked.
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They're not looking for a quick fix here, rather a long-term project and investing in the young, fresh ideas of somebody with experience at the club.
Besides, Arteta plied his trade in north London between 2011 and 2016, making over 100 appearances, and started his coaching badges while Arsene Wenger was still in charge.
But the biggest selling point for Arteta is undoubtedly his work alongside Pep Guardiola, who is arguably the greatest manager of the modern era.
Twitter thread on Arteta's impact
Soaking up knowledge from Guardiola for three and a half seasons certainly can't be a bad thing and now a City fan has sought to highlight the impact that Arteta has exercised in particular.
That's because Twitter user @RealTalkMCFC has penned 14 tweets that underline Arteta's coaching prowess and it's enough to get Arsenal fans salivating by the third post.
Bearing that in mind, if there are any skeptical Gooners out there, reassure yourselves with the evidence that your former midfielder could be the best choice:
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He's the right man for the job, there's no two ways about it.
Arsenal are so far off Premier League contention right now that there's no point looking for a short-term fix and Arteta looks like the perfect candidate to instigate a slow rebuild at the Emirates.
We're talking about a young, eager coach who will finally give the Arsenal squad a brand of football to work upon and the kind of long-term vision that's likely to make key players stick around.
Sure, there will be moments where Arteta's inexperience shows, but he as firsthand accounts of working with two of the greatest managers in history to fall back upon. Not bad, huh?
And while you can only read into somebody's Twitter thread so much, let it serve as evidence that claiming Arteta is a 'novice' coach only succeeds in underestimating him.News Now - Sport News