• Arteta and Edu will control all aspects of men’s first team
  • Club says Arteta’s ‘capabilities fit much better as a manager’

Arsenal have handed Mikel Arteta significantly more power by promoting him from head coach to first-team manager, formally widening his remit across their football operations.

It is a reward for the eye-catching impact Arteta has made, materially and behind the scenes, since succeeding Unai Emery. His first half-season brought an FA Cup win and a transformation in mood. Key players such as Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose new contract will be confirmed soon, have been persuaded to stay and the ease with which he took to matters away from the training pitch became evident immediately.

Related: Premier League 2020-21 preview No 1: Arsenal

Related: Mesut Özil's groundhog act ensures Arteta's plan for Arsenal remains cloudy | Nick Ames

Continue reading...