Mikel Arteta may well be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, but at the very least he’ll be calling time on his playing career, as reported by the Mirror.
The Arsenal captain – in name only really – is set to retire at the end of the season, with constant injuries essentially forcing his hand. The Spaniard has barely featured for Arsenal for what seems like an eternity, with persistent injuries keeping him sidelined, and sending him back to the doctor’s office every time he nears a return to action.
It seemed inevitable that his Arsenal playing career was over, and few could see him ever donning an Arsenal shirt again come the end of the season. It seems we’ll definitely be his last club though, as the veteran is looking to move into coaching and management.
Reports have suggested that Pep Guardiola was keen to enlist him as a coach once he makes the move to Manchester City (via the Metro), which would be a bit of a shame. Arteta’s legs may have gone and he may be well past his best as a footballer, but as a captain and a coach he still has plenty to offer. It would be nice to see him stay at Arsenal, do his coaching badges with us and learn under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger.
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This obviously means there will be a new captain at Arsenal come the end of the season, but who will it be? Arsene Wenger has recently named captains who go on to play almost no part in the team, with Thomas Vermaelen and Arteta finding first team football hard to come by. Our current vice-captain Per Mertesacker may well find himself in the same position if he replaces the Spaniard, so it would make sense for Wenger to pick someone else.