Mikel Arteta will be seen at the touchline for the match against Lyon, due to Pep Guardiola’s touchline ban. He held a press conference on Tuesday and stated there were discussions of him leaving for the managerial role at the Emirates.
Arteta was considered as the first choice for the managerial role at Emirates following the exit of Arsene Wenger by the club higher-ups, and it is to be believed that contracts were made and discussed, but Spaniard was not convinced due to not being promised the style of football he wanted or the type of game that was established at the Etihad.
Another reason that is making the rounds is the type of players he would have got due to the recruitment by Sven Mislintat, club’s head scout.
Yet another angle of the story is that the Arsenal board went with Unai Emery and not with the former skipper is due to the latter’s lack of experience and how the supporters would have welcomed the move as this would have been his first managerial job .The club was said to have felt that Emery’s success at his former club was suitable to the their situation and he would also suit to the type of football the supporters love to see. Thus the board’s interest cooled on Guardiola’s second in command and Emery was given the chance to lead the club.
In his press conference yesterday, on being asked on this fallout, the former Everton midfielder said [via Metro]:
“I didn’t talk on that moment two, three months ago, and I didn’t make any statement, and I don’t think today is the day to talk about it.”
This clearly indicates that there were talks of him taking over at the Emirates helm after Wenger stepped down, but eventually the talks fell out and he stayed at the club working under Guardiola. Embracing the present, Artera said that it was in the past and currently he is very happy and satisfied with his role at the club and appreciated City’s style of play and the players they have, calling it a phenomenon. Arteta also expressed his desires to become a coach in near future.
The point to make out is that the talks were mutually broken between the two and both Arteta and Arsenal have moved on with the club hiring former PSG boss over him.