The club did not fight hard enough to recruit Arteta as a coach and then last year overlooked him as a manager. His appointment now would offer hope for a reboot

When Mikel Arteta announced his retirement as a player at Arsenal in May 2016, he had the offer of a coaching role at three Premier League clubs. One was Arsenal; the others were Manchester City and Tottenham.

“I don’t want to say clubs but I have three very different options and I am very proud, because it is not common,” he said at the time. “I have been left the door very open [at Arsenal] and I may have to make a decision.”

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