As much as we don’t want to admit it, Mikel Arteta taking up a coaching role at Manchester City is looking likelier than ever.

The Spaniard officially hung up his boots for Arsenal at the end of the 2015/16 season after an emotional send-off. However, there was always the possibility that he could remain at the club and take up a coaching role. The former midfielder said that he’d left the door open and, to be honest, this is what most Gooners wanted.

Around this time, there were also rumours that the 34-year-old could go to Manchester City to work alongside new manager, Pep Guardiola, but we were still hoping Arsene Wenger and the board would pull through and conjure up a role in London Colney.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Mikel Arteta of Arsenal is congratulated by team mates after scoring to make it 4-0 during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, this isn’t looking liking and Di Marzio are claiming that Arteta is now close to becoming assist coach with the Sky Blues.

Admittedly, although the news doesn’t surprise me, giving him such a huge roll at a big club does. This is no disrespect to Arteta – I love him and think he’ll be a brilliant coach – but considering his lack of experience, especially at such a level, it seems like a bit of a risk. Either that or Pep knows something we don’t, which is very likely.

If Arteta does go to City, I wish him all the luck. He deserves it. Although I know I’m not the only one that’s gutted.