Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed an ex-Gunners captain to succeed him at the Emirates next season.
Rumours have it that the north London club will announce their new manager sometime next week, and it is Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta who is the current frontrunner for the position.
When asked if he thought the Spaniard was the right man for the job, Wenger insisted that the former midfielder has all the qualities to be a successful manager, and backed him for the Emirates hot seat.
"He has all the qualities to do the job, yes, and I think, as well, he is one of the favourites," Wenger told beIN SPORTS.
"He was a leader, and he has a good passion for the game, and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club, and he was captain of the club. Why not?"
The Frenchman also insisted that Arsenal have an experienced coaching staff that is capable of guiding Arteta if necessary.
"I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me, like Steve Bould, who has six years' experience, and Jens Lehmann too," he added.
"He has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities."
Arteta, who recently won the Premier League title with the Citizens, played 150 times for the Gunners, scoring 16 goals along the way.
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