Arsenal have opened talks with Manchester City over the possibility of appointing Mikel Arteta as their new manager, according to reports.
The Spaniard, who played for the Gunners between 2011-16 , has been Pep Guardiola’s assistant since the two-time Premier League winning coach moved to the Citizens in 2016.
Arsenal have been on the search for a new manager since sacking Unai Emery at the end of August.
Arteta was on the away bench at the Emirates on Sunday as he watched City cruise to a 3-0 win.
BBC Sport report that the Gunners chief executive Vinai Venkatesham is thought to have met the ex-midfielder following the match.
It’s claimed that if Arteta, who also starred in England for Everton, wanted to move on then Guardiola would not stand in his fellow countryman’s way.
Freddie Ljungberg is currently in interim charge of Arsenal but has collected just four points from four matches.
That has left the North London club ninth in the table having won just five of 17 Premier League matches this term.