Mikel Arteta has been left ‘stunned’ by Arsenal’s decision to appoint Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement.
The 36-year-old was leading the race to become Arsenal’s new manager after holding positive talks with the Gunners hierarchy last week.
But on Monday evening, it emerged that Arsenal’s board had selected Emery after being impressed with the Spaniard during the interview process.
The Times report that Arteta was ‘stunned’ to learn that he had been snubbed for the role but had been concerned over the weekend because of Arsenal’s lack of contact.
The report also claims that Arteta had even discussed members of his backroom team and potential transfer targets with Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
Arsenal, meanwhile, were willing to offer Arteta a three-year contract with the option of a further one-year extension.
It’s understood that Arsenal’s board ultimately decided to change direction from Arteta due to his lack of experience.
The former Arsenal captain has thrived in his role as a first-team coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, but The Times claim that Arsenal’s hierarchy were wary of the backlash from fans if they gave the Spaniard his first managerial role.
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