After ending his playing career at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has revealed he will now leave the club to join Manchester City as part of their coaching set-up.
The former Gunners captain will link up with new manager Pep Guardiola, who he is very close friends with following their days together at Barcelona.
Arteta hung up his boots at the end of the 2015/16 campaign after spending five years under Arsene Wenger since his move from Everton back in 2011.
Joining the team during a tough time, the 34-year-old was key to reshaping the midfield structure and his experience allowed the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere to progress.
But following a season where he was plagued with injuries and having fallen down the pecking order, Arteta will now pursue a career in coaching some of City’s young talent.
In a statement to the fans and media, Arteta revealed that the chance to work under Guardiola was an “amazing opportunity” and that he’s always wanted to work in coaching.
Hi all, here a statement from me on the next chapter in my football career… pic.twitter.com/2Xb9VifCog
— Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) July 3, 2016
Being new to the Premier League can be tough on some managers, so the 11 years of experience in England’s top tier will be vital to helping City achieve success.
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