It’s common knowledge now that Pep Guardiola will be taking charge of Man City in the summer. The latest report from The Times claims that the former Barcelona manager is interested bringing Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta in a coaching capacity to Etihad Stadium.
Arteta has struggled with injuries during the course of the season and has played only 45 minutes of first-team football this season.
The Spaniard midfielder recently visited Guardiola and his fitness coach, Lorenzo Buenaventura, at Bayern Munich training complex.
Guardiola has maintained good relations with Arteta, who is also a product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy, since his days with the Catalan club. Arteta’s current contract with the Gunners expires in the summer, and he is expected to move into coaching at the end of the season.
He has already started working on his coaching badges and has spent time coaching Arsenal Under-13 and Wales Under-16 while he was side-lined with his injuries.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested in the past the Arteta can venture into football coaching, and it remains to be seen whether the Frenchman will offer a coaching role to Arteta at the club.
The 33-year-old has been playing for the North London club since 2011.