Arsenal Look at Left-Field Appointment for Wenger’s Replacement

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The first working day back at Highbury House sees Arsenal begin their search for Arsene Wenger’s replacement in earnest.

Sky Sports reports that the club’s CEO Ivan Gazidis is leading the recruitment process, but already has his own favourite for the job: Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard spent five years at the Emirates as an Arsenal player but joined Pep Guardiola when he moved to the Premier League two years ago.

Despite being a junior member of the former Barcelona boss’ staff, Arteta is forging a reputation as an innovator and is frequently seen conferring with Guardiola on the touchline.

Gazidis is close to the former Gunners captain and was impressed by the way he managed the Arsenal dressing room while at the club.

The other members of the recruitment team are Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanellhi.

While the latter is keen to bring Luis Enrique to the Emirates, former Dortmund man Mislintat is eyeing Domenico Tedesco, Schalke 04’s head coach, while he also admires Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelmann.

As yet, no indication comes from Stan Kroenke, the majority shareholder, or his son, Josh, a KSE vice-president, who was previously keen to bring former Gunners legend and Belgium assistant manager Thierry Henry in as Wenger’s replacement.