The former Gunners midfielder’s return to the club is set to be announced in the coming days having overseen a major cull of their backroom staff.
Mikel Arteta has agreed in principle to replace Arsene Wenger and become the new manager at Arsenal.
Goal understands that while no contract has yet been signed, the announcement of Arteta’s return to the Emirates Stadium will be made in the coming days.
Arteta’s arrival comes in the aftermath of a cull of boardroom staff at the Gunners, with the 36-year-old having played a major role in the recent sackings.
The Spaniard is currently assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and played a huge part in guiding them to their record-shattering Premier League title success this season.
Arteta is highly regarded by Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who believes a younger coach will slot into a modern European football structure, complemented by head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and new head of football relations Raul Sanllehi.
Arteta has already had a direct influence in a cull of backroom staff with long serving head of medical services Colin Lewin told that he would lose his job after 23 years as part of a medical department restructure.
It’s understood that Arteta made the recommendation for Lewin to leave as he blames him for rushing him back after an injury when he was Arsenal captain.
A number of players and staff were said to be shocked and upset by the decision to let Lewin go, with Neil Banfield, goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton, fitness coach Tony Colbert and kit man Paul Johnson also leaving the club after years of service.
Arteta is expected to bring his own backroom staff on board, with reports linking Santi Cazorla as a potential addition to the coaching staff, while the futures of Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann remain uncertain despite both receiving offers to stay at Emirates Stadium.
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