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Mikel Arteta has played his last game as an Arsenal player, and has already agreed to become a coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to Spanish publication Marca.
The Spaniard hasn’t been up to the standard to play for Arsenal for a while now, with his age really catching up with him. He had plenty to offer the team in other areas though, and after doing his coaching badges with Arsenal it seemed a real possibility that he’d become a coach at the club after his playing career ended.
A move to Man City has been on the cards ever since the news was broken that Guardiola was set to take over at the Etihad however, and reports now suggest a deal has been agreed.
While it’s unclear whether or not Arsene Wenger even offered Arteta a coaching role at the club – although we’re assuming there was a spot available if he was doing his coaching badges – it does seem a little ungrateful of the 34-year-old. If after we stuck by him during his injury stricken period and allowed him to do his coaching badges, he’s leaving us for what he seemingly sees as a better opportunity.
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It’s certainly a controversial move, as City are among our biggest Premier League rivals and we’ve seen many Arsenal stars make the switch up north in the past. It will be a shame to see him leave, but if he’s willing to jump ship and join City then so be it.