Next Arsenal Manager odds
Next Arsenal manager after Mikel Arteta
Who is Arsenal’s manager?
Arsenal have named their former captain Mikel Arteta as Unai Emer's successor in the Emirates managerial hotseat. On face value, Arteta might be seen as something of a left-field appointment given that this will be his first managerial role in senior football. However, when one looks at his history with the club and the football education, he has received from some of the best players in the game, the move to bring the Spaniard into the Gunners' fold seems a relatively shrewd one.
Arteta was born in San Sebastian in 1982. He is the youngest Premier League manager in the current crop. He played for his local youth team Antiguoko before being scouted by Barcelona and ingratiated into the illustrious La Masia. He played for two years in the academy before being called-up to play for Barca's C Team whom he played five games fore before making the jump to the B Team. He was unable to break into the Barca first team however, instead going out on loan to Paris Saint Germain in 2001 where he would enjoy his first full season as a senior pro, playing 31 games and scoring two goals in Ligue 1. His clear football intellect shone in France and he was quickly snapped up by Scottish Premier League giants Rangers. He enjoyed a successful two campaigns with the Gers, winning the Premier League in 2002-03 and the Scottish League Cup in the same year.
After this, now aged 22, Arteta moved back to sunny Spain to play for Real Sociedad. He qualified to play for the club who only accept players from the Basque region because of his San Sebastian roots. He spent just one season with the club playing 15 times and scoring a single goal before moving to the Premier League where he would spend the rest of his playing days.
He signed for Everton in 2004 and played for the Toffee for eight and a half seasons, captaining the side and becoming a fans' favourite in the process. In total, Arteta made over two centuries of Everton appearances, scoring 34 goals. At the mid-point of the 2011-12 season, Arteta signed for Arsenal where he would see out the remaining years of his career. He played 110 times in the league for the club, again becoming captain, and scored 14 goals. The highlight of his time was undoubtedly the 2014-15 FA Cup triumph.
Now Arteta has returned to Arsenal after a few years learning the managerial trade, under Pep Guardiola no less.
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