Mikel Arteta, assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, has reportedly emerged as Arsenal’s first choice candidate to replace Unai Emery as manager.
It is not the first time that the Spaniard has been linked with a return to the Emirates Stadium.
Arteta, who played under Arsene Wenger, was tipped to succeed the Frenchman after he stepped down, but the then chief exdecutive, Ivan Gazidis, opted for Emery, who was sacked on Friday due to poor strings of results.
According to the Mirror, the former Everton midfielder is one of the front-runners with many bookies, while Guardiola has also suggested that he would not stand in his way if he decides to leave the Etiahd Stadium.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst, also a former Gunner, is also viewed as an contender for the vacant seat at Emirate, partially occupied by Freddie Ljunberg.
Van Bronckhorst has been working at Manchester City, since leaving Feyenoord at the end of last season.
He is said to have been gathering experience on how City Football Group runs its business.
The Dutchman has also stressed that returning to management is his target.
“I am doing well,” he told Voetbal International. “I have been to Manchester a number of times and travel a lot.
“I see new things, experience new things and continue to develop. For me, that is very beautiful at the moment.
“Ultimately, I want to be a head coach again.
“That is the best thing for me. This is a great interim solution.”