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Arsenal news LIVE: Mikel Arteta to be announced as new manager today ahead of Everton fixture

Follow the latest updates live as Arsenal announced Mikel Arteta as their new manager today, ahead of the club’s fixture against Everton this weekend.

Following the dismissal of Unai Emery last month and the decision that interim boss Freddie Ljungberg is not the right fit for the club, Arsenal are set to appoint their former club captain Arteta before the weekend.

The club had planned to stage a press conference on Thursday, but that was cancelled ahead of today’s announcement. Follow live coverage of all the latest Arsenal news below:

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In a rare stroke of positive news for Arsenal fans, William Saliba has returned to fitness with St-Etienne after being sidelined with a broken foot. 

The highly touted centre-back, signed by the Gunners for £27m in the summer, will join up with the squad at the end of the season.

Eddie Howe has been speaking about Arteta's possible appointment in his press conference this morning:

If you do have a link with the supporters, that does go a long way. It transfers to less pressure on players and is felt around the ground. That is a massive head start.

The only sticking point left in the deal is Arsenal's negotiations with City over the compensation package. After becoming frustrated with the Gunners' conduct, City insisted they would accept nothing less than the seven-figure amount in full. However, Arsenal were still believed to be in talks about trying to lessen that number last night.


Meanwhile, it's been a tougher week for Freddie Ljungberg, who's essentially become a defence between the club's supporters and the board during his reign as interim coach. His final game in charge will come against Everton, but having inherited so many pre-existing problems and been left without the staff to instigate any real change, it would be unfortunate if a place weren't found for him within Arteta's coaching staff.

The Spaniard also addressed what his philosophy would be, although that will no doubt have evolved during his time working under Pep Guardiola:

My philosophy will be clear. I will have everyone 120 per cent committed, that’s the first thing. If not, you don’t play for me. I want the football to be expressive, entertaining. I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition. We have to dictate the game, we have to be the ones taking the initiative, and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us. I’m 100 per cent convinced of those things, and I think I could do it.

Arteta was asked about becoming a manager back in 2014, by which point his leadership ability had already long been recognised by his teammates.

My team-mates are always going ‘What are you going to do, Miki? You’re going to be a manager, you should be a manager!’ I know what the job means and I know how hard it is, especially when I look at the boss {Arsène Wenger] and see how many hours he puts in. You need to sacrifice your family all over again, which I’ve done since I was 15. But I would love to manage a squad of players and staff — I’ve got it inside me, it’s true, and I want to do it.


Arsene Wenger is at the Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar and has offered a piece of advice to the man who he brought to the Emirates in 2011 and handed the captaincy to following Robin van Persie's departure. 

The situation at Everton remains in a similar state of limbo. The club confirmed yesterday afternoon that Duncan Ferguson will take charge of this weekend's game against Arsenal, but terms with Carlo Ancelotti are believed to have been completely agreed, while his agreement with Napoli is also said to have been resolved. It means both could well be sitting in the directors' box come tomorrow lunchtime.

The rumour mill has continued to throw up teasing prospects this morning, but one story persists which we've already heard so many times before. 

Reports are emerging in Turkey that Mesut Ozil is close to a six-month loan deal to Fenerbahce. But while Ozil has expressed a genuine interest to play in the country, that likelihood remains as unlikely as ever for the time being due to the playmaker's exorbitant wage and Arteta's arrival.


The Athletic's David Ornstein reports that Arteta gave an emotional speech to the City squad yesterday before leaving the club. Everyone insists that despite Arsenal's conduct, which has enraged City officials, Arteta leaves very much on good terms with the club.