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It is a well-known fact that Arsene Wenger’s managerial career is drawing to a close.
The Frenchman has been at the helm at Arsenal since 1996, but given he is now 68-years-old, his retirement seems just some few years away.
But despite the increment of white hair on his head, Wenger has previously stated that he will hold his position at the Emirates as long as he retains the motivation to do so.
Speaking in September, Wenger said: “Why keep doing it? (Managing Arsenal) Because I love it. Because it’s a job where I think you can have a very positive influence: on people’s lives, on results, on the dimensions of a football club, on values – because I think first of all a club is about values, which we forget a lot today.
“I feel on a mission to carry these values through for this club because I think this club is usually respected all over the world for its values and it carries through the generations.
“I just want to do what I do as long as I think I can do it well and I have the motivation to do it. On that front, I have no doubt.
“After, the day will come quickly, maybe not, but I am completely focused and completely committed.”
But despite Wenger not yet ready to step down from his post at Arsenal, the club are already in the market for his successor for when he finally decides to call a quit.
However, that potential replacement may come as a huge surprise to all in the footballing world.
Instead of replacing Wenger with a manager who has lots of achievement to boast of, the Telegraph claim that Arsenal are looking up to a former player, Mikel Arteta, to fill his shoes.
The Spaniard played for the Gunners for five season, wearing the club armband for his last two, and was highly regarded during his spell at the club.
Since he hanged his boot in 2016, Arteta joined Manchester City as an assistant coach, where he has been under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.
There is no doubt that Arteta will have picked somethings from learning under one of the best managers in the World, but it will be a risk to hand over the reins of one of the biggest club in England to someone of such limited experience