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The former Arsenal captain, who made 406 appearances for the Gunners during a nine-year spell in north London, has been touted as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger, who stepped down from his role at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

With the club having now interviewed all of the main candidates, Arteta has emerged as the firm favourite to succeed Wenger in the past few days.

He retired two years ago to join Pep Guardiola's coaching team at Manchester City and helped deliver the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium this season.

"I have seen the shortlist: Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta - why not?"

"With Vieira - and this is only my opinion - yes".

Football stats website WhoScored monitored every Premier League game in 2017/18 and rated players out of 10 based on their wide array of statistics.

Vieira is now in charge of New York City.

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"So that's why I say - yes, Patrick Vieira is ready to manage Arsenal".

"But I think the new manager, or new coach, will find a great setup with a very healthy club and a great support".

Barcelona was also negotiating with Barcelona ex-coach Luis Enrique.

Juventus manager Max Allgeri is now out of the running after pledging his allegiance to the Serie A giants, while Hoffenheim insist that their coach Julian Nagelsmann is also staying put.

The 36-year-old is aware of the interest of his former club and is believed to be highly interested by the prospect of starting his managerial career with a top side.

"It will be very hard for me [without Arsenal]", Wenger told Arsenal's website. People might feel that I've betrayed what I've built here. My club is here, my heart is here and will be forever.