Arsene Wenger admits he could well see another of his side leave for Manchester City.
As the Premier League season draws closer to its conclusion, transfer talks are heating up. Up until now, Manchester United have dominated the headlines, with over £300 million worth of transfers being linked to the Old Trafford club.
Now, new transfer news is emerging from London, where Arsenal may be about to drop a bombshell. Arsene Wenger has confirmed, via Metro, that club captain Mikel Arteta may be set to join Manchester City as part of incoming manager Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff.
Heavily restricted this season through injuries, Arteta has managed just 13 games in all competitions and none since January. Now aged 34, the Spaniard may be considering his options.
The former Everton midfielder has often spoken of his desire to assume a coaching role following his retirement and the arrival of his close friend Guardiola to Manchester this summer might well offer him the chance.
About the possibility of losing his captain, Wenger said:
“It is possible. He’s free to decide what he wants to do and have some time to reflect on that. I still think he can play.”
“It is true he is out of contract and it is a good opportunity for me to thank him for his contribution not only as a player but as a leader as well. I still think he can play and in the last month he has come back to a good physical condition. He would still be a very good player, everywhere.”
It would certainly sound from Wenger’s comments that he is not against losing Arteta, even to Manchester City, who has poached some seven players from Arsenal over the last number of years.
Perhaps a season blighted by injury and the fact that, at 34, his best years are behind, Wenger may well see this as the logical conclusion to a five year career at Arsenal and allow his captain leave if he expresses his desire to do so.