In an interview with beIN Sports, Arsene Wenger says that Mikel Arteta has all the qualities needed to take over from him at Arsenal.
The soon to be departing Frenchman, who is due to clear out his office this week, has backed his former player and captain and insists he’s one of the leading candidates for the job.
Always that bit more open when talking to media outside England, Wenger said of the 36 year old, ” He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites.
“He was a leader, and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why Not?”
His lack of experience is an issue for some but Wenger insists there are people at the club who could offset that.
“I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like Steve Bould who has six years experience, and Jens Lehmann too,” he said.
“He has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities.
“I believe it is important that they [Arsenal] make their choice in an objective way and after once they make a decision I will support them.”
Quite the endorsement for Arteta who has been in London all week, and some whispers say an announcement could be made as early as tomorrow.
We’ll find out soon enough.