Arsenal name Arteta as Emery replacement

Arsenal have announced that Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta will be their new head coach.

The former Gunners midfielder replaces Unai Emery, who was dismissed on 29 November.

Arteta has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at the Emirates Stadium. He will not take charge of the Gunners for tomorrow’s trip to Everton.

Freddie Ljungberg has been in the interim role since the sacking of Umery, guiding them to four points from four games. Mikel Arteta’s coaches have not yet been named so it is unknown whether the Swede will remain in a first team coaching role moving forwards. He had previously been the manager of the under-23s.

It seemed like the majority of Arsenal fans wanted the former midfielder in charge of their club and the longer the wait went on the more it seemed likely. Mikel Arteta had been an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, whom the beat the Gunners 3-0 in North London on Sunday. We had been awaiting an announcement of a deal ever since.

Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge of Arsenal will be on Boxing Day when they travel to struggling to Bournemouth.