On the morning of December 16, after the match of Man City thrashing Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium, coach Pep Guardiola spoke about the rumor of assistant Mikel Arteta being concerned by both the Gunners and Everton.
Currently, in the Premier League, both Arsenal and Everton clubs use interim coaches respectively Freddie Ljungberg and Duncan Ferguson, after dismissing two coach Unai Emery and Marco Silva.
Both Arsenal and Everton are also now struggling with poor performances, and are standing in the bottom half of the rankings.
Arsenal after the defeat of Man City is the fourth loss in the last 9 matches in the Premier League, the rest draw 4 and only won 1.
Therefore, the temporary coach Ljungberg is still hard to stay in the long term, amid the British press that in order to save the Gunners from the disaster season, the management of this team needs to quickly find a new coach that is more reputable and experience to replace.
One of these is Arteta, a former Arsenal player who knows the style and operation of the club so it is considered appropriate. However, Arteta is in Man City and is the right hand of Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola coach after the 3-0 win over Arsenal said: “If that happens (Arteta chooses to come to Arsenal), it will happen. He is very important to Man City and me. However, once Arteta made a decision (to leave), we would speak privately to resolve the issue. I am completely at ease, and definitely not in the way he steps into a new career”.
Prior to moving to Guardiola as an assistant in 2016, Arteta played for Everton from 2005 to 2011, then moved to Arsenal from 2011 to 2016. Therefore, in addition to Arsenal, Everton wants his ex-member to come back to help the club overcome difficulties. Even so, the final decision rests with Arteta.