Arsenal is already weighing options to gamble on appointing Mikel Arteta as the club’s new manager following the departure of Arsene Wenger.
Arteta who has been Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man, assisting the Spaniard to lead Manchester City to the Premier League title is keen on returning to the Emirates after working with Guardiola just two years.
Arsenal Chief executive Ivan Gazidis is confident Arteta could be a long-term replacement for the Frenchman.
Arteta who joined Arsenal from Everton spent five years in the Emirates Stadium before retiring in 2016.
Arsenal’s head of football relations Raul Sanllehi is believed to favour a more experienced replacement for Wenger but Gazidis is confident of overcoming his reservations.
The club is not willing to match the demand of former Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique and their plan is for Arteta to focus on coaching and team selection, while Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat will deal with contracts and new signings.
The Spaniard would be assisted by former Arsenal goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann others are Per Mertesacker and Freddie Ljungberg who returned to the Emirates as the Under-23 boss.