MIKEL ARTETA is the new Arsenal manager!
The Spaniard joins on a contract until 2023 and is set to be joined by Steve Round as assistant manager and Inaki Cana Pavon as goalkeeping coach.
But the futures of dressing room leaders Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil remain very much up in the air.
Follow all the latest gossip and transfer news from the Emirates below...
DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM: THIS is a massive risk for both Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.
While the Gunners have looked all over the place at times, on-field tactics are not top of his to-do list.
Almost everything at the club has to change — with the mindset among the squad the most pressing thing.
For too long now Arsenal look more like a team of individuals than a cohesive, collective unit.
Just look at how the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester go about their business.
As soon as they lose the ball up the pitch — whether it be Sergio Aguero, Mo Salah or Jamie Vardy — they are instantly the first line of defence.
When Arsenal lose it the attitude is more, “Well, I’ve done my job, now it’s your go”.
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UNAI EMERY reckons Arsenal made a “good decision” appointing Mikel Arteta as his successor.
The Gunners confirmed former star Arteta as their new boss on a three-and-a-half year deal, ending his spell as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
Emery was sacked last month following a terrible run of results – but appears to be supportive of the decision to hire the inexperienced Arteta.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Emery said: “He really is prepared to make that next jump.
“He has been at Arsenal before, he's been in the Premier League and he has been working with Pep Guardiola.
“I do believe this is a good decision and I would also like it to be a good decision.”
SACKED Arsenal boss Unai Emery has taken a swipe at Mesut Ozil's workrate.
Throughout the Spanish manager's tenure at the Emirates, the question of how to get the best out of Ozil was a constant cloud above his head.
And now, speaking after the Gunners confirmed Mikel Arteta as his replacement, Emery hinted that fitting in the German proved his biggest headache.
The 48-year-old told BBC Sport: “There are games in which you see Mesut's brilliance, linking with the attack. But also I had to find players around him so he felt comfortable.
“Also the team needed to feel solid. And when you, little by little, have to build a team that is aggressive, intense, as well as structured for good pressure, we also had to find a space for Mesut.
“Ozil is a very important player if you can find a way to make it work with other players.
“He has talent that allows other players to be better, but when you want a bit more aggressive pressure he does not have the best qualities for that.”
💬 "I wouldn't be sitting here if it wasn't for him giving me the opportunities he gave me as a player at this club."
🗣 @m8arteta on Arsène Wenger's influence
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 20, 2019
BETH MEAD says she only expresses her true self on a football pitch.
The Arsenal star, 24, has opened-up on how sport helped her break down personal barriers after working with young disabled footballers this week.
Christmas came early for the Risborough Rangers pan-disability Junior Club when Mead surprised them with the new accessible HONOR 9x smartphone.
The phone includes a groundbreaking PocketVision app making it easier for partially sighted people to read text more clearly.
The England winger said: “Football helped build my confidence as a young girl.
“I’m actually working with some individuals at the moment to learn more about myself as a player. I’ve dug a bit deeper into how I am as a person off the pitch and how I am on it.
“I don’t actually realise that maybe I’m different when I’m playing until someone has actually picked up on it. When I’m on the grass I’m confident I show who I am as a person whether it’s in a shot that I take or a skill I do.
“It’s so important that sport is open to everyone and HONOR is helping these young disabled people build their own self-belief and leadership skills.”