Managing director Vinai Venkatesham and director of football operations Huss Fahmy were pictured leaving Mikel Arteta’s house in Manchester late on Sunday evening, as Arsenal step up their search for a new manager.
The meeting came hours after Manchester City, where Arteta is number two to Pep Guardiola, had brushed aside Arsenal 3 – 0 at the Emirates, exposing the chasm between the two clubs at the moment, and the urgent need for the Gunners to appoint a full-time successor to Unai Emery.
Even interim coach Freddie Ljundberg wants the situation to be resolved as soon as possible, saying “I’m very honoured and I’ve tried to do things as good as I can, but I think as well it would be good to make a decision regardless of what it is.”
The club are expected to hold talks with a number of the leading candidates this week, including Carlo Ancelotti and Patrick Vieira, but Arteta, who came close to getting the job after Arsène Wenger left the club, is favourite to land the position.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.