Major Mikel Arteta clue dropped as Pep Guardiola hints at Arsenal manager’s next move

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Pep Guardiola has suggested that his time at Manchester City could come to an end in 2023 following the conclusion of his contract.

The 50-year-old joined the current Premier League Champions back in 2016, but has hinted that he would like a new challenge in the future, potentially in international management.

“[The] next step will be a national team, if there is a possibility,” he said at an XP Investimentos event on Wednesday, via Sky Sports.

“After seven years on this team, I think I’m going to have a stop. I’m going to have to take a break, see what we’ve done.

“And in the process, I would like to coach a South American (team), European, playing a Copa America, I want to have that experience.”

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Now that Guardiola has foreshadowed when his City departure could well be, perhaps there’s a possibility that Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, could take over as the club’s head coach if he is no longer in charge at the Emirates.

Arteta has endured a mixed start to his managerial career, winning the FA Cup in 2020 before guiding the Gunners to back-to-back 8th-place finishes in the Premier League.

He’s since come under enormous pressure after the Gunners fell short in both their league openers against Brentford and Chelsea this month, with 2-0 defeats in both matches leaving them 19th in the table going inti this weekend’s fixtures.

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However, in addition to the FA Cup success, he has enjoyed successful periods as a coach.

Upon retirement from professional football, he joined Pep Guardiola’s coaching team at City, and even helped them to win every domestic trophy possible in the 2018-2019 season.

His work behind the scenes earned him huge praise, so much so that Arteta was tipped to eventually take over his mentor Guardiola at the Etihad.

Now it seems that day may finally come, although Arteta’s future may well depend on whether he can first improve Arsenal’s ailing fortunes.

Source by Football London

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