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How Arsenal could line up under new manager Mikel Arteta including Foden, Sane and Upamecano

ARSENAL have finally secured a deal to make Mikel Arteta their new permanent manager.

Following drawn out talks about succeeding Unai Emery, the Spaniard has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract to return to the Emirates Stadium.


Arteta will watch Saturday's Premier League showdown against another of his former sides, Everton, but won't officially take charge until Sunday.

The Spaniard's arrival comes 18 months after being overlooked for the role, with fellow Spaniard Emery being hired instead.

The ex-Everton midfielder - who signed for the Gunners in 2011 before retiring at the Emirates in 2016 - is seen as someone who can bring an exciting style of play back to the club.

Guardiola has lauded his compatriot, as he revealed that the two share the same philosophy.

Speaking in September, he said: "He is already an incredible manager and he’ll have incredible success in his future.

"He has incredible work ethic and he has a special talent to analyse what happens, and to find the solutions.

“We talk a lot about what he believes and feels and so on. He has helped me a lot, especially in the first year.

"He knew the Premier League, like for example in games against Stoke or whatever.

“He can tell me the players we will face better than myself, because he played against them and was in the Premier League for 10 or 11 years.

"That’s a long time and that is why he helped me a lot, and he still helps me.

“He’s a guy who has this ability to see what happens. When you’re off the pitch and on the pitch it’s easier, he can do it. We see the football in really quite a close way.”

It would be music to Arsenal fans' ears if Arteta was to try and replicate how City play, and supporters would give him time knowing that there is a clear philosophy in place.

And fans would be hoping he can get the best out of Nicolas Pepe, similar to what he did with Raheem Sterling.

He would also likely play with two out-and-out wingers, instead of trying to accommodate both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

As well as bringing in City's style of play, he could also look to nab two of the club's star players in left winger Leroy Sane and playmaker Phil Foden.

Foden has been urged to leave the club by Stuart Pearce in search of regular first team football, while Sane could be available having almost left the club in the summer.

A new commanding centre-back would be a priority as well, with RB Leipzig ace Dayot Upamecano high on Arsenal's list of targets.

Arteta will also have a wealth of attacking youth talent at his disposal from the bench, with Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson all waiting in the wings.

And with defender William Saliba to link up with the squad in the summer, Arsenal will have the likes of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers as back-up options.

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