Arsenal are preparing to announce Mikel Arteta as manager of the club this week, and details are starting to emerge about how exactly the appointment will work.
Update: The BBC’s David Ornstein suggests that all of the below is complete nonsense, and Unai Emery will take the job instead. It seems The Times’ information wasn’t so reliable after all. Nonetheless, feel free to read through their claims if you want to.
BREAKING: Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as new manager. Thorough process produced 46yo Spaniard as unanimous choice. Available after leaving #PSG (1 Lg1 title, 4 cups), previously Sevilla (3 EL wins), not fluent English. Announcement + press conference likely later this week #AFC
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) May 21, 2018
Monday’s edition of The Times writes that Arteta is set for the Arsenal job. They claim that over the past few days the Spaniard has named the people he wants to make up his coaching staff, and finalised the details of his contract in North London.
The 36-year-old will reportedly bring three new appointments with him to the backroom staff. Arsenal will announce his arrival this week, but there’s no word yet on who he’ll bring with him, or when they’ll officially join the staff.
Another point of contention in the past week or so was on transfers. There were reports suggesting Arteta wanted a strong voice in the process and the power to veto any particular signing. Now The Times claim he’ll get his wish, and the club will give him the chance to have a say on transfers and veto any he doesn’t want.
Personally, all that sounds fine to me. It’s good that Arsenal are sharing responsibility for transfers and so on, but it’s still important that the manager doesn’t just get players thrown at him if he doesn’t actually want them.
Arteta having the chance to bring some people with him should help him settle in. At the same time, it seems like Arsenal are leaving room to make some appointments of their own, or to hang on to some of the current staff, which is good too.
Now we just have to wait and see if the reports turn out to be right.