Mikel Arteta: Arsenal appoint ex-captain as head coach

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Arsenal have appointed their former captain Mikel Arteta as head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The 37-year-old won the FA Cup twice in a five-year career with the Gunners and succeeds fellow Spaniard Unai Emery, who was sacked in November.

Arteta had been working as a coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, joining the club in 2016 after retiring as a player. “We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game,” Arteta said. “That’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with [owners] Stan and Josh Kroenke and the senior people from the club.”

He will take over as Gunners boss on Sunday, leaving Freddie Ljungberg in interim charge for the trip to Everton – another of Arteta’s former clubs – on Saturday (12:30 GMT kick-off). Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League with 22 points. “We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it,” added Arteta.

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