Why Arteta to Arsenal fell through 4 years ago

Why Arteta to Arsenal fell through

Arsenal didn't waste any time in moving on from Mikel Arteta.

Arteta was the clear front-runner for the vacant manager's position at former club Arsenal and negotiations had been ongoing but, all of a sudden, news broke on Monday night that Unai Emery was set to be announced as the new Gunners boss.

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It seemed like an odd U-turn considering how far talks had reportedly progressed but the reason has since emerged.

According to Miguel Delaney of the Independent, a disagreement existed between Arsenal and Arteta in relation to the 36-year-old's backroom staff.

There was also reportedly a degree of concern from the former midfielder about the level of control he would have from the board over matters beyond the first team.

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Arteta is expected to return to his role as one of Pep Guardiola's assistants at Manchester City while a press conference will confirm Emery's appointment as new Arsenal manager later this week.

Emery, who was relieved of his duties at Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, is said to be more willing to operate in the head coach role that Arsenal are pushing for.

Club chief executive Ivan Gazidis has put a management set-up in place whereby Emery will focus primarily on the coaching of the players, leaving much of the recruitment to Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat.