Mikel Arteta identifies Arsenal transfer targets ahead of imminent Manchester City move

Mikel Arteta has identified Arsenal transfer targets ahead of his move from Man City
Mikel Arteta has identified Arsenal transfer targets ahead of his move from Man City (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has identified potential transfer targets in talks with Arsenal as he prepares to leave Manchester City for the Gunners.

Arteta, who spent five years at Arsenal as a player, has emerged as the favourite to take over from caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg.

The Spaniard has flourished as assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, helping the club win back-to-back Premier League titles.

Arteta has been in talks over a move to north London since Man City’s emphatic Premier League victory over Arsenal on Sunday, with the former midfielder expected to be unveiled as the new Gunners boss before the weekend.

According to The Independent, negotiations are so advanced that Arteta has even discussed transfers he would look to secure should he become the new Arsenal boss.

The Gunners will likely back Arteta in the transfer market as it is claimed the club are concerned by the level of performances under Ljungberg and sacked manager Unai Emery.

Following Sunday’s defeat to City, Ljungberg urged Arsenal to make a decision in their search for a new manager.

‘We all have to look in the mirror. What I felt is that the West Ham game [a 3-1 win for Arsenal] was a big step in the right direction,’ Ljungberg said.

‘I haven’t seen that from a team in a long time. Today, they [City] are a top side, they are a lot better than us.

‘For me it’s a great honour to do this, but Per [Mertesacker] is an academy manager and he is doing two jobs. I think it needs to be cleared up, so everybody knows.

‘That’s what I’ve said but it’s totally up to the club. I’m very honoured and I will do what I can, but I think we need to make a decision, regardless of what it is.’

Arsenal, currently tenth in the Premier League, face rejuvenated Everton this weekend.

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