Current Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has been been confirmed as the club’s “first-team manager”.
The Spaniard who had served as the Gunners’ “head coach” since being appointed as the successor to Unai Emery at Emirates Stadium in December 2019, will now take on additional responsibilities in the areas of transfers and general football operations alongside technical director Edu, Eveningb Standard reports.
In reaction to the appointment, Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham made some comments. He said:
“That’s recognition of what he’s [Arteta] been doing from the day he walked in the door, but also where we see his capabilities,”
“So in terms of how that will work, going forward Mikel will join a really strong team with Edu and they’ll be working really, really closely together to manage all the other elements of our football operations that are so important, whether that is analysis, recruitment, high performance or medical, they’ll be looking after those areas together.
“And they’ll also together be responsible for our technical recommendations, whether that’s players that we’re going to buy, whether that’s players that we’re going to sell, whether that’s players that we’re going to loan.
“Of course, working closely with me and the board and working closely with the owners on the financial elements to make final decisions. But those are going to be their responsibilities and I think we’re going to have a really dynamic team to drive this club forward.”