Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has reportedly agreed a deal to work as part of the backroom staff under new boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Arteta, 34, is believed to have rejected an offer from both London clubs Tottenham and Arsenal in order to link up with his old friend and former teammate, who he grew up with in the FC Barcelona academy.
According to The Mirror, an announcement is set to be made, but the news has been in the air since the final day of last season, as Fresh Arsenal reported back in early April.
After his last Premier League game at the Emirate last season, Arteta broke down in tears as Arsenal completed the campaign with a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa, which was the first sign he would be packing his bags for the City of Manchester.
He is expected to work alongside Pep Guardiola as part of his coaching team, as well as being a key figure inside their ever-growing academy.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be glad that his former captain has found a move that is right for him; Wenger has never been shy of admiring Arteta’s qualities that will lead him into management.
Mikel Arteta will following in the footsteps of former Arsenal captain and midfielder Patrick Vieira, who joined Roberto Mancini at the Etihad back in 2010 as a player-coach. Vieira now works as the manager of New York City FC and a similar path will be perfect for Arteta has he hangs up his playing boots and dips into life as a manager.
Most Arsenal fans will be wishing Arteta the best of luck, a player who has always been a likeable character both on and off the pitch and could potentially return to the club one day.