Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?
After 22 years at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger will clear out his office on Thursday.
It truly marks the end of an era at Arsenal and there is a huge amount of speculation as to what the Gunners will do next.
Despite the likes of Massimiliano Allegri and Luis Enrique being linked with Arsenal, the current favourite is Mikel Arteta.
Mikel Arteta to hold talks with Arsenal today
As a former Arsenal captain, and after learning the trade under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Arteta looks well suited to replacing Arsene Wenger.
According to Sky Sports on Thursday, Mikel Arteta will hold talks with Arsenal having emerged as the leading candidate.
There is still plenty of time for all this to happen though, with Arsenal reportedly keen to have their new man in charge before the World Cup starts in June.
Arsenal fans get excited about Arteta
Initially, Arsenal fans struggled to get too excited about Mikel Arteta taking over from Arsene Wenger.
If there was to be a former captain replacing Wenger, many Gooners would prefer Patrick Vieira.
However, as the days have gone on, Arsenal fans certainly seem to be warming to Arteta, who is spoken highly of by Pep Guardiola.
Wenger backed Arteta in 2015!
On Thursday, an old article on the Arsenal website has started to go viral and looks somewhat prophetic right now.
It features Arsene Wenger talking about Arteta and his potential managerial career all the way back in 2015.
Wenger: “Just through his behaviour, his focus on getting everything right in the team, he has a huge influence. He has great experience and is respected throughout the squad.
“I really hope Mikel considers going into coaching. When you manage, you want to see your players continue and see them give their experience and knowledge back.
“You want them to give their expertise of the way we want to play football and the way we want to behave. It would be great if someone like Mikel went into management, so somewhere the spirit of our game can survive through the players who have played for us.
“But at the moment I must say Mikel is still here as a football player. The first thing in life, when you sign the contract you have to give absolutely everything to the job you have signed for and I think he does that very well.
“He has the quality to be a manager in the future I’m sure, but at the moment he gives his focus on the job as a player and gives absolutely everything.”