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We’re happy to announce Mikel Arteta is joining the club as our head coach . Mikel, a former club captain, played for us for five seasons from 2011 to 2016 and has signed a three-and-a-half year contract. Mikel said: “This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world

Arteta leaves his role as Manchester City assistant manager and replaces Freddie Ljungberg, who took over as interim head coach following Unai Emery’s sacking at the end of last month. Arsenal have appointed Mikel Arteta as their new head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Ljungberg oversaw two draws, two defeats and one victory during his time in temporary charge, and departs his role with Arsenal 10th in the Premier League table.

Arteta returns to the club where he played 150 games between 2011 and 2016, winning two FA Cups and two Community Shields in the process. City and Pep Guardiola were intent on Arteta remaining at the Etihad Stadium, but the offer from the Gunners proved too enticing for their former midfielder to turn down.Read more.

The domestic treble winners were angered by Arsenal’s approach for the Spaniard after pictures emerged of Gunners chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and lawyer Huss Fahmy leaving his Manchester home .

“We don’t have much time to train, much time to talk about other things, because there are some important games coming up. We have to create the right vibe, the right energy, and everybody at the organisation has to feel so privileged to be here. There’s no other way.”

Arteta saw the low mood around the Emirates Stadium at first hand City, at that point coached by him alongside Pep Guardiola, comfortably won 3-0. Within hours of the final whistle Arsenal executives were spotted outside his house in Manchester, with talks about his appointment at an advanced stage by then, and he explained that the negative vibes had struck him.

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