Arteta wants Cazorla as assistant coach at Arsenal

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/05/2018

Santi Cazorla & Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta wants ex-teammate Gunners Santi Cazorla as a backroom role at Arsenal if he becomes their new manager at the North London outfit.

According to The Independent, The 36-year-old is the frontrunner to replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium and he is keen to offer his fellow Spaniard a coaching position should he land the job.

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Although experienced coaches likes Juventus boss Max Allegri and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique have been linked with the post but Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is also said to have held talks about the position, but reportedly dismissed Arsenal's interest as a "token gesture".

Cazorla has been on the books are Arsenal since 2012 and remains a popular figure among the club's support, despite missing the last 19 months through injury.

Wenger’s assistant Steve Bould has been offered a new role pending the next manager’s approval, but he has not yet indicated a definite willingness to stay himself and is understood to be weighing up a potential position at Stoke City.

Arsenal finished sixth, their lowest position since 1995, there is a feeling the Emirates the club has nothing to lose with a bold appointment.