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Mikel Arteta’s role changes at Arsenal as new responsibilities are explained

Arsenal chiefs have changed the title held by Mikel Arteta ahead of the new Premier League season.

The Spaniard impressed at the Emirates after replacing Unai Emery last season, going on to win the FA Cup while securing qualification for Europe in the form of the Europa League.

It has now been revealed by the club that the name of Arteta’s role has been altered ahead of the new campaign, and that he will now be referred to as their first-team manager rather than head coach.

Arsenal Chief Executive Vinai Venkatesham told the club’s official website of the decision: “Mikel’s been here since the end of December and the last nine months have probably been the most challenging nine months in Arsenal’s history – and we’ve been around for 134 years. Despite all of those challenges, Mikel has been driving this football club forward.

Mikel Arteta is now first-team manager at Arsenal rather than head coach
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“He has lifted the spirits and lifted the energy here at London Colney and with Arsenal fans all across the world. He is doing an absolutely phenomenal job.

“The other thing that’s clear is that right from the day he walked through the door, he was doing much more than being our head coach. So we’re going to be changing his job title going forward.

“He’ll move from head coach to be the first-team manager. That’s recognition of what he’s been doing from the day he walked in the door, but also where we see his capabilities.

“He is doing a great job of coaching the first team and that’s his primary responsibility, but there is so much more that he can bring and that’s why we’re making this change, in recognition of his capabilities and also the job that he’s doing already.

Mikel Arteta watched his Arsenal side lose to Aston Villa on Saturday
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