Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham and lawyer Huss Fahmy were pictured leaving Mikel Arteta’s Manchester home in the early hours of Monday following the Gunners 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
The Spaniard, who played for the Gunners for 5 years, is the assistant manager for the Citizens but it is believed that the ex-midfielder is willing to become the new manager of Arsenal.
Following the sacking of Unai Emery at the end of November, former Arsenal player and a member of the Invincibles team Freddie Ljunbjerg took over as a caretaker manager until the club could decide on a permanent hire.
The former Everton midfielder was a strong favourite to take over when Arsene Wenger left the club back in the summer of 2018 but the Arsenal hierarchy decided to go for a more experienced manager in Unai Emery.
Arteta wanted to take the job back then and is willing to take over once again and is the odds on favourite once again to replace Emery.
Odds of Next Permanent Arsenal Manager
1/10- Mikel Arteta
14/1- Carlo Ancelotti
16/1- Freddie Ljungberg
16/1- Massimiliano Allegri
16/1- Rafa Benitez
With the pictures of the supposed meeting exposed, the bookies have shortened the odds of Arteta taking over to 1/10 whereas the odds for the rest of the candidates have drifted.
The meeting between the Arsenal bosses and Arteta was reportedly two and a half hours long and thus, seems like that Arteta will be the next Arsenal manager if an agreement between both Manchester City and Arsenal could be made.
Arteta, who is Pep Guardiola’s number two at the reigning Premier League champions, is free to leave the club if he wishes to according to Guardiola.
If Arteta does join the Gunners as the new manager, he will have a lot of work to do as Arsenal are currently struggling in 9th place in the league.
The introduction of Ljunjerg has failed to inspire the Gunners to have better results and the gulf in class between them and the top clubs was shown in Manchester City’s easy 3-0 win on the weekend.
The Gunners have been struggling in attack this season despite having the reigning Golden Boot winner in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a £72m record signing in Nicolas Pepe and the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil in the ranks.
However, it is their defence that has been their main problem as Arsenal are only one of two teams in the top half of the table to have a negative goal difference.