Arsenal are close to announcing Mikel Arteta as the club’s new manager, after he reportedly agreed terms with the Gunners on a three-and-a-half year contract. If Arteta does leave Pep Guardiola’s tutorship to take the reins at the Emirates, he could take Manchester City’s assistant manager Rodolfo Borrell with him. The Gunners are hoping that Arteta will be taking the hotseat for their trip to Everton this weekend.
As part of the proposed deal, Arsenal have allowed the Spaniard to choose his own assistant manager.
It’s believed that he could turn to his colleague, Borrell, after they struck up a relationship at the Etihad Stadium.
Borrell has been a key figure in Guardiola’s regime at City, and is often seen talking to the manger on the touchline.
He started his coaching career with Barcelona, in 1996, and was appointed manager of the Catalans’ Youth team, before being promoted to manager of the Under-17s, and subsequently the Under-18s.
JUST IN: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother slams Arsenal direction ahead of Arteta deal
In 2008, he followed his former Barca colleague Angel Pedraza to Greek outfit Iraklis Thessaloniki, before returning to Barcelona the following year.
Just six months later, and Borrell made the move to the UK to work with Liverpool.
He was appointed manager of the Under-18s, and was promoted to Under-23 boss two years later.
After a single season as Academy manager, Borrell joined City as head of international relations and scouting.
Guardiola worried about Arteta as he warns next Gunners boss [QUOTES]
Arsene Wenger drops hint over next Arsenal manager [QUOTES]
What Arsenal chiefs have told Mikel Arteta about transfer budgets [GOSSIP]
With the arrival of Guardiola in 2016, he was immediately recruited to be part of the inner-circle as assistant manager.
The Spaniard has now been at City for five-and-a-half years, but could soon join Arsenal with Arteta.
Arsenal are also reportedly close to signing City’s talent spotter Sam Fagbeni.
Fagbeni has received an offer to play a leading role in Arsenal’s youth recruitment, according to the Daily Mail.
Arteta has also worked alongside Guardiola’s former No 2, Domenec Torrent.
- Arsenal were forced to abandon next manager plan after Emery sacked
Torrent left City in June 2018 to become New York City FC’s new manager, following the departure of Patrick Vieira.
The Spaniard could be in line to join Arteta at Arsenal, as he’s currently out of work. But, it’s believed that Torrent isn’t looking to become an assistant manager again, having dabbled in management for an MLS season.
Elsewhere, Arteta would be tempted to keep Freddie Ljungberg and Per Mertesacker in his backroom staff.
He’d likely choose to keep some staff onboard that have a working knowledge of the club.
- Mikel Arteta to Arsenal: Man City insiders have fear about appointment
Guardiola has admitted that Arteta has been talking to Arsenal, but he still doesn’t know whether he’ll be leaving the club.
“We were smart to pick [Arteta] up. He’s an incredible person, a good manager with a work ethic. That’s why he has been with us,” said Guardiola.
“He’s talking with Arsenal so I don’t know what is going to happen. I knew about it [the meeting]. He was incredibly honest and transparent with me.
“It happens [that backroom staff members leave], we had [head physio] Lee Nobes went to Liverpool and now teams want Mikel.
“He knows exactly what we want, what we’d like, but at the end it’s his decision.”
Source: Read Full Article