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Arteta appointed Arsenal head coach

21 Dec 2019
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal

Former Gunners midfielder takes up first managerial role after moving from Manchester City

Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their new head coach.

The former Arsenal midfielder takes up his first job in management, leaving his role as assistant coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

The 37-year-old succeeds Unai Emery, who left Emirates Stadium last month, on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

"This is a huge honour," Arteta told the club's official website. "Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.

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“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy."

Interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg will remain in temporary charge for Saturday's trip to Everton

Arteta, who made 119 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, will take charge of his first match at AFC Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

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