Arsene Wenger has confirmed the possibility of captain Mikael Arteta joining Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff next season.
The Spanish International has struggled for fitness this season with his Arsenal contract expiring this summer but Arsene Wenger feels he still has the technicality to still play the game but an opportunity to work with Guardiola is good for the 33-year old. “Its possible” Wenger confirmed. “It is true that he is out of contract here. It’s a good opportunity for me to thank him for his contribution not only as a player but as a leader. I heard about that possibility but he is able to inform you much better than I.He will certainly need some time to reflect on whether he continues to play. I still think he can play – in the last months he has come back to a very good physical level and he is a position today where he can continue to play and he would be a very good player everywhere”.Pep Guardiola is deemed to want to work with the Spaniard as he acknowledges Arteta’s ability to understand the English game given the fact he has been in England for a while after joining Everton in 2005 and has gone on to make over 200 appearances in England.
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Wenger also claimed that the ‘door is always open’ for players to coach at Arsenal, with Thierry Henry dipping into coaching during at the Emirates.”I don’t rule it out but it’s always the same,” he said. “You want your former players to be at the club but you want there to be positions.If you have coaches who are very good you do not kick them out for players who want to coach. If we have positions available, we always give a good chance to the players who played here.Let’s not forget I’ve given the opportunity to many, many players to obtain their licence here, to educate them. After that maybe there will be someone else. We always open the door to give them an opportunity to be educated. After that we need the positions available to give them the job”.