Former Man United defender could join Mikel Arteta as new Arsenal coach

  • Mikel Arteta has managed Arsenal since 2019
  • However, this summer, he is expecting changes to his backroom staff
  • An ex Man United defender is being considered
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Arsenal haven't covered themselves in glory in the last week. Firstly, there was the contentious draw against Bayern Munich in midweek and then the side showed a lack of resilience to fight back, losing 2-0 at home to Aston Villa this weekend. Of course, Arsenal have a chance to bounce back to form in midweek but they have to slay a beast in Bayern Munich away from home.

Overall, though, Arsenal have shown tremendous improvement on almost every level in the last two seasons. With Mikel Arteta largely to thank, the Gunners have become a team to be feared once more.

However, there are more than likely going to be changes in the summer. Of course, new signings will be made and players will be sold by Arsenal. Then, Mikel Arteta is braced for a turnaround in his backroom staff, according to recent reports.

Former Man United defender could join Mikel Arteta as new Arsenal coach

Arsenal assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg is expected to be targeted by Ajax to make the Dutchman their new manager. According to Metro, fellow assistant manager Carlos Cuesta is also on the radar of Norwich City, therefore, Arteta and his higher-ups have prepared ahead of time to locate their ideal replacement.

Metro claim that former Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze is considered by Arsenal for a coaching role. As a former teammate of Mikel Arteta's (during their time at Paris Saint-Germain), Arteta is believed to have remained in contact with Heinze and he considers him a strong candidate to join the immense backroom staff at the Emirates Stadium.

As far as backstories go, Heinze has not been the most coveted manager during his coaching days. He has spent a lot of time in his native country Argentina and a brief period coaching in the MLS with Atlanta United.

However, Mikel Arteta values his footballing knowledge and it is very rare that Mikel Arteta is wrong in decisions like this. Therefore, the Arsenal board are likely to back Arteta and his long-term vision by bringing in the former Manchester United defender. Of course, he already has an excellent knowledge of English football.

Arsenal are still in their transitional period, therefore it's important that decisions like this are taken seriously. The Gunners have every potential in the world to become a super-club once again, a destiny which consistent right decisions can lead them to.


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