Arsenal could accelerate Mikel Arteta appointment as rivals continue to drop out
Matt Law, football news correspondent
15 MAY 2018 • 10:30PMArsenal could accelerate the appointment of Arsene Wenger’s successor as Mikel Arteta’s rivals for the post continue to be ruled out.Arteta has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to succeed Wenger in the past few days and Arsenal have now interviewed all of the main candidates.
Max Allegri seemingly ruled himself out at the weekend by revealing he plans to stay at Juventus, which made Julian Nagelsmann the most serious rival to Arteta.But Hoffenheim have insisted Nagelsmann is going nowhere and another man admired by the Gunners, Joachim Low, has signed a new contract to remain in charge of Germany.
Along with Arteta, Patrick Vieira has been spoken to about the Arsenal post, but the Frenchman has since been left in limbo as he has not received any feedback.
Vieira fears he will be overlooked and that his chance to return to Arsenal in a management position has gone. Currently in charge of New York City, Vieira is said to be mystified over whether he has ever been under serious consideration.
Club sources believe that, barring a dramatic change of heart, Arsenal will now offer the job to Arteta before their previously advertised cut-off point.
The only timescale Arsenal had been working to was to make an appointment before the World Cup, but it seems Wenger’s successor could be in place much earlier.
Responding to the fact Nagelsmann was shortlisted by Arsenal, Hoffenheim director of football Alexander Rosen said: “Julian Nagelsmann will be our coach next season, 100 per cent.”https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/05/15/arsenal-could-accelerate-mikel-arteta-appointment-rivals-continue/