Arsenal has announced the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their new head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
Arteta, a former Arsenal player under legendary coach, Arsenal Wenger, played from 2011 to 2016, with 150 club appearance.
Arsenal in a statement announcing Arteta appointment, said, “We’re delighted to announce Mikel Arteta is joining the club as our head coach on Sunday.”
Welcome back, Mikel! 👋
Head coach of The Arsenal 👔 pic.twitter.com/lhsAfQ7cfq
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 20, 2019
“Mikel, a former club captain, played for us for five seasons from 2011 to 2016 and has signed a three-and-a-half year contract.”
Mikel coaching team according to Arsenal, will be announced as soon as possible.
Arsenal director, Josh Kroenke, speaking on the appointment of Arteta, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing Mikel back to Arsenal. He knows our expectations and those of our fans around the world are high and we are confident he can play a lead role in taking the club back to the levels we all demand.
“I also want to thank Freddie Ljungberg for skilfully guiding us through the last three weeks. He stepped up at short notice and has helped us through this difficult period with great professionalism.”
Mikel said: “This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”