Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mikel Arteta is set to join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season.
Wenger admits Arteta could join City, saying: “It’s possible. It’s true that he is out of contract here.
“His contract finishes here. It’s a good opportunity for me to thank him for his contribution not only as a player but as a leader.
“I heard about that possibility (of going to City) but he is able to inform you much better than I.
“He is free to decide to do what he wants, he will certainly need some time to reflect on whether he continues to play.
“I still think he can play, in the last months he has come back to a very good physical level and he is a position today where he can continue to play and he would be a very good player.’
Wenger admitted he was reluctant to dish out coaching roles to former players as he is unable to create ‘artificial positions’ at the club.
He added: “You want your former players to be at the club but you also need the positions to fill. You cannot create artificial positions at the club.
“If you have coaches in the Under 16s, Under 15s and Under 14s who are very good, you will not kick them out to make room for players who want to coach. If we have positions available, we always give a good chance to the players who played here.”
Incoming Manchester City head coach Guardiola will bring his trusted team of Carles Planchart, Domenec Torrent and fitness coach Lorenzo Buenaventura with him to England but he will make other additions and wants to include Arteta on his backroom staff.