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Arsenal have this afternoon confirmed that former player Mikel Arteta has accepted the role of head coach, replacing the recently departed Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium. He will formally join the Gunners in two days time on a three and a half year contract taking him until the end of the 2020/23 season.

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Arteta, who has been working for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, 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.”

Spaniard Arteta first came to England in 2005, signing for Everton from Real Sociedad. He spent six and a half years there before moving to Arsenal for five years. Arsenal are at his old club Everton tomorrow but his first game in charge will come on Boxing Day at Bournemouth.

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