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Wenger: Arteta has qualities for Arsenal job

Wenger: Arteta has qualities for Arsenal job

Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to find Arsene Wenger's replacement and it looks like all roads are leading to Mikel Arteta with whom they are expected to hold talks on Thursday.

Cristiano Ronaldo has always been confirmed as a sworn-in member of Arsene Wenger's "Nearly Men XI", having flirted with the possibility of signing for Arsenal as a younger man.

Having spent 22 years at the Gunners helm, the Frenchman has suffered plenty of recruitment near misses in his time.

Arsenal's managerial target Mikel Arteta will offer veteran midfielder Santi Cazorla the chance to join his backroom staff if Manchester City's assistant coach is offered the main role in north London this summer.

"He was a leader, has good passion for the game, knows the club and knows what is important at the club", Wenger told Bein Sports.

Arteta made over 100 appearances for Arsenal over the course of five seasons, joining in 2011 and becoming club captain in 2014.

The hunt for Wenger's successor continues, with Arteta now the bookmakers' favourite to return to the club he served as a player between 2011 and 2016.

Appointing him would carry numerous same pros and cons that hiring Arteta would bring-either would be a young, exciting choice who could bring fresh ideas into the club, which they know well, but their lack of experience makes it hard to assess how successful they might be.

"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", Wenger said.

"Overall he has the qualities but I don't want to influence that publicly".

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