Arsenal have officially confirmed the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their head coach. The Spaniard, who previously played for the Gunners between 2011 and 2016, has penned a three-and-a-half year deal.
“We’re delighted to announce Mikel Arteta is joining the club as our head coach on Sunday,” a statement read on the official website of the north London club.
The Gunners have gone through their worst phase in the Premier League era and they have managed just one victory in the previous nine games in the top-flight.
As a result, there has been a sense of frustration from a large section of the Gunners fans and the club have now taken the decision to appoint Arteta as the permanent manager.
Arteta has made a name for himself by sharing his tactical knowledge to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in an assistant capacity but the role of managing a club certainly adds to the pressure.
The 37-year-old has spoken with a real ambition in his introductory interview with the Gunners and it remains to be seen whether he can motivate the players ahead of a tricky round of matches.
Arteta won’t be in charge of the Gunners until the training session on Sunday and Freddie Ljungberg will therefore continue in his interim managerial role for the away game at Everton this afternoon.
Arteta’s first game in the Gunners dugout will come against Bournemouth away from home and thereafter, he has a test of his credentials with Chelsea and Manchester United to face at the Emirates Stadium.
The results in these matches won’t necessarily put any pressure on the Spaniard but the games could possibly dictate the future of a few first-team players, if they fail to turn up with improved displays.