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Mikel Arteta makes shock claim about Arsenal job after coming close to succeeding Arsene Wenger

Mikel Arteta has hinted that he may have withdrawn from the race to be Arsene Wenger’s successor when the Frenchman left Arsenal in 2018.

Former Arsenal club captain Arteta, now Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager at Manchester City, was among the frontrunners for the job at the Emirates Stadium after the Frenchman brought his two decade tenure to a close in May of last year but the Gunners would ultimately choose Unai Emery.

football.london understands that Arteta was among 10 candidates interviewed for the job and it was widely believed at the time that he had emerged as Ivan Gazidis’ first-choice only for the then-CEO to opt for the more experienced option of Emery, who had previously managed Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain.

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