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Mikel Arteta: Arsenal manager | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog

Morning all, the new season starts tomorrow, and on the eve of it Arsenal have announced a couple of significant changes – in job titles.

Mikel Arteta is now ‘First team manager’, while Vinai Venkatesham has been named ‘Chief Executive’. Regarding the latter, that’s a change from his previous as ‘Managing Director’, and provides a bit more clarity as to his ultimate responsibility. The focus will be on Arteta though, and to be perfectly honest it’s not a big surprise.

If you’ve read this site since he arrived, or listened to the podcast you’ll know I think he’s been more than ‘Head coach’ from the start. It’s something Vinai acknowledged, saying:

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…