Wenger backs Arteta to succeed him

Departed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has thrown his support behind his former captain Mikel Arteta to succeed him at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spaniard is set to be interviewed by Arsenal this week with a view to following Wenger, who has left after 22 years in the hotseat.

Patrick Vieira, another former Gunners skipper and Wenger's compatriot, is also hoping to earn a chance from the club but Wenger appears to favour Arteta.

The ex-midfielder has served an apprenticeship as part of Pep Guardiola's backroom team at Manchester City and that is something Wenger places stock in.

A lack of managerial experience would be countered by the quality of coaching staff Wenger has left behind, says the departed Frenchman.

"He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites," Wenger said.

"He was a leader, and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why not?

"I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like Steve Bould who has six years' experience, and Jens Lehmann too.

"He [Arteta] has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities."

Arteta is 1/3 to be the next permanent Arsenal manger, while Vieira is 33/1 and Carlo Ancelotti is 7/1. Wenger insists he's not trying to influence the decision.

"I don't want to influence that publicly because for me I believe it is important that they make their choice in an objective way and after once they make a decision I will support them," he added.

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