Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is reportedly set to be offered a role on the club’s coaching staff when he hangs up his boots.
According to the Daily Mail, there is a growing feeling at the Emirates Stadium that Arteta who has suffered fitness issues over the past 12 months -particularly a recurring calf problem will be released when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The former Everton midfielder is taking his coaching badges which has seen him work regularly with Arsenal’s academy.
And manager Arsene Wenger says the club are keen to find a coaching role for Arteta, who could make his return from injury next month.
“He has to go through the youth system first, but I don’t rule that out (that he could be on the coaching staff).
“At the moment I don’t have a real need. Our average age is quite high on my staff. they are all good. I am happy with all my staff at the moment. But I think he can be a coach in the future yes and certainly here.” Wenger said.
On Arteta’s latest return from injury, Wenger added: “It is the same calf injury, but every time I take a gamble and put him back in he has a set back. So this time I was to be a little more cautious and get him to play one or two games in the reserves before he comes back and plays.”