Football | Arsenal appoint Mikel Arteta as new manager

Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Mikel Arteta as the club’s new manager on a three-and-a-half year deal.

Former Gunners captain Arteta, who leaves his role as assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, replaces Unai Emery at the Emirates.

The 37-year-old, who won the FA Cup twice in a five-year career at Arsenal, inherits a team who are currently 10th in the Premier League on 22 points, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

“I have so much respect for this club, if I didn’t feel I am ready and prepared for this I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair,” Arteta told reporters.

“It was always a dream for me. The day I made a decision to leave this football club I said to the people that I am going outside, I am going to learn, get prepared and hopefully one day I can come back here when I feel I am ready.

“I have been preparing for a few years for this challenge to come. I know the expectations, level and stature of this club and what it deserves. I am ready for that challenge.

“They were so convinced they wanted me that I said I have to take the challenge.”

Freddie Ljungberg will remain in charge for Arsenal’s clash against Everton this weekend.