Manchester City angry with Arsenal over Mikel Arteta approach

Former Arsenal captain and Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta looks on
Arteta has emerged as Arsenal’s top managerial target (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Manchester City chiefs are reportedly unhappy with Arsenal’s approach for Mikel Arteta, as Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager closes in on a return to the Emirates.

Arteta captained the Gunners during his playing days and has emerged as Arsenal’s top managerial target, despite some members of the squad expressing their preference for Carlo Ancelotti – who is on Everton’s radar – to be appointed. understands Arsenal are confident that Arteta will be appointed within the next day or so as they have finally made a decision on Unai Emery’s long-term successor following Freddie Ljungberg’s disastrous spell as interim manager.

However, while Arsenal bosses will be pleased to get their man, City are less than impressed with their conduct, according to the Independent.

They are furious that Arsenal failed to ask for permission to speak with Arteta – with pictures emerging of Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham outside the Spaniard’s house in the early hours of Monday morning.

City are especially annoyed because Arsenal played City this weekend, but there was no discussion among the two sides’ officials about his potential appointment.

It’s expected they will demand a seven-figure sum in compensation should Arteta decide to return to Arsenal.

However, they have no issues with the 37-year-old and won’t stand in his way to pursue his managerial dream.

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