Di Marzio: Arteta ‘very confident’ of becoming Arsenal manager/ talks ‘advanced’ for Sokratis

Highly-respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has this evening provided an update on Arsenal’s negotiations with both Mikel Arteta and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Farewell

As has been the talk of world football over the last couple of weeks, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed on the 20th of April that he is set to bring his 22-year spell in charge of the capital outfit to an end this summer:

Candidates

Following on from the flood of tributes from players, managers and pundits alike, thanking Wenger for what he has done for the game and wishing him well with his future endeavours, the other big story in the English media has surrounded who could be set to replace the Frenchman in North London this summer.

The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Carlo Ancelotti, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Thomas Tuchel, Mikel Arteta, Luis Enrique and Max Allegri have all been touted as potential arrivals at the Emirates, with previous favourite Allegri having seemingly ruled himself out of the running for the job on Sunday night, after Juventus secured their 7th-straight Scudetto title and 4th-straight domestic double with a 0-0 draw at Roma.

‘If they don’t fire me, I see myself as staying at Juventus next year too‘, the Italian tactician explained during his post-match press conference.

Front-runner

As such, the last 24 hours have seen the other hotly-tipped favourite to take over the reigns at the Emirates, in the form of Mikel Arteta, pushed as the clear front-runner to succeed Arsene Wenger in North London.

A report from the Independent yesterday even went as far as to claim that Arteta is so eager to make a return to the club, that he has ‘already thought up plans for his backroom staff’ at the Emirates.

MUNICH, GERMANY – MARCH 10: Arsene Wenger (R), manager of Arsenal FC and Mikel Arteta address the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg match against FC Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on March 10, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

And widely-respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has this evening weighed in on the Arteta to Arsenal links, by first backing the suggestion that the former Everton star is clearly the ‘favourite’ to become the next Gunners’ boss, before revealing that Arteta himself is ‘very confident’ in his chances of succeeding Arsene Wenger.

Defensive reinforcements

In addition, Di Marzio also provided an update on the rumours linking Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos with a move to the Emirates, confirming that the Greek international looks set to be the first transfer arrival at the club this summer, with negotiations at an ‘advanced stage’.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – APRIL 21: Sokratis Papastathopoulos #25 of Borussia Dortmund reacts during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park on April 21, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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