MIKEL ARTETA is set to be handed the Arsenal manager's job this week - and could be on the touchline as early as Sunday's meeting with his former club Everton.
But Manchester City want £2m compensation for their assistant coach.
Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could sign a new contract upon Arteta's arrival, despite his brother Willy slamming the club for targeting the Spaniard.
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ARSENAL Invincible Lauren thinks Mikel Arteta can inspire Arsenal into the top four – if he can fix their midfield issues.
Pep Guardiola's No2, 37, is set to take over at the Emirates after Freddie Ljungberg struggled to reverse the Gunners' slump.
And Lauren, 42, thinks the Spaniard has the tools to be successful at his former club, who sit tenth in the table.
He told 888sport: “I think Arteta has been an important figure for Arsenal. The captain. He played a lot of good football for us and I wish him all the best if the appointment happens.
“I hope he can get Arsenal back to winning ways and to the position that we all want to club to be in.
“There are many points still to play for until the end of the season. It’s not easy because the position right now is not the best but with the many, many points left there is a possibility of top four for sure.
“I believe they can make it. Why not?”
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG could lead an exodus of frustrated Arsenal stars in the summer, according to reports.
The superstar striker's brother Willy criticised the decision to bring in Mikel Arteta to replace Unai Emery this week to leave his future in doubt.
And the Independent quote a source as saying “half the squad” are thinking about quitting the Gunners, with Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka among the names mentioned.
It was hoped that Freddie Ljungberg's arrival as caretaker could steady the ship until the end of the season after Emery got the chop.
But the club legend could not get the players to produce on the pitch and the board decided to speed up the hunt for a permanent boss.
SKY SPORTS pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal will lose 2-1 against Everton on Saturday.
He said: “I imagine Carlo Ancelotti will be in by this game, although may not be in the dugout, but it's an intriguing signing for them. He has a great CV and as a player, I enjoyed watching him.
“He is a stylish and well-respected gentleman, much like Claudio Ranieri, with an even better winning mentality. He gives players respect and he wants respect back by them giving him everything they have.
“Duncan Ferguson has got the edge back into them. Goodison Park was one of the toughest grounds to go to in the 1980s. Everton are so in-your-face, they are aggressive towards the opposition and if they are like this with Arsenal, they will get a lot of joy.
“Even if Mikel Arteta takes over, I do not think he will be sitting in the dugout facing his old team – this one he will sit in the stands for if anything.
“The way Everton have been looking, I think they could turn Arsenal over in this one, who look soft at the moment.”