Mikel Arteta no longer Arsenal head coach as Gunners chiefs confirm key job change


Arsenal gave more power to Mikel Arteta – and gave him the extra title. The Spaniard was hired last December to replace Unai Emery as head coach.

But after a summer overhaul at the boardroom level and after leading the Gunners to FA Cup and Community Shield success, Arteta has been named first-team manager – in the vein of Emery’s predecessor Arsene Wenger. .

Confirming the move on Thursday evening, Arsenal general manager Vinai Venkatesham – whose job title has changed, having previously served as general manager – says he is fully deserved for the work Arteta has done since his arrival.

“Mikel has been here since the end of December and the past nine months have been probably the toughest nine months in Arsenal history – and we’ve been there 134 years,” Venkatesham said, speaking on the official website of Arsenal. ‘Arsenal.

“Despite all these challenges, Mikel has moved this football club forward.

Arteta received more power – and the title to match

“He lifted spirits and raised the energy here in London Colney and with Arsenal fans all over the world.

“He does an absolutely phenomenal job.

“The other thing that’s clear is that from the day he walked through the door, he was doing a lot more than being our head coach. We will therefore change his job title in the future.

“He will go from head coach to manager of the first team. It’s recognition of what he’s been doing since the day he walked through the door, but also where we see his abilities.

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“He’s doing a great job as a first team coach and that’s his main responsibility.

“But there is so much more he can bring and that is why we are making this change, in recognition of his abilities and the work he is already doing.

Arteta with the FA Cup

“So as to how it will work, in the future Mikel will be joining a really strong team with Edu and they will be working really, very closely together to handle all the other elements of our football operations that are so important,” whether analysis, recruiting, high performance or medical, they will work together in these areas.

“And they will also be jointly responsible for our technical recommendations, whether it is players that we are going to buy, that it is players that we are going to sell, that it is players that we are going to lend.

“Of course, working closely with me and the board and working closely with the owners on the financials to make the final decisions.

“But those will be their responsibilities and I think we’re going to have a really dynamic team to move this club forward. ”

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