Arsenal boss Arteta could seal Man City return with Guardiola’s future unclear

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could return to Manchester City – to replace Pep Guardiola.

The Spaniard worked under the Etihad coach as assistant manager between 2016 and 2019 before being offered the top job at the Emirates.

It has not been an easy transition in the dugout for Arteta but the Gunners look like they are in their best form for years.

A tough start to the season means that their best hopes are a top-four finish in the Premier League but that is looking more and more achievable by the week.

Arsenal most recently played City off the park in the first 45 minutes only to go on and lose when Granit Xhaka gave away a penalty and Gabriel was sent off.

But Arteta's style of play is not going unnoticed in Manchester, where the bigwigs are contemplating their next move.

According to The Athletic, City chiefs have identified Arteta as a potential successor to Guardiola and are keeping an eye on his managerial development.

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is also being touted as an option, should his Eagles continue to soar under his stewardship.

There has often been speculation that Guardiola could quit City and there are suggestions that he could leave when his contract expires in 2023.

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That could leave the Premier League champions in a pickle, considering the grand success that the Catalan coach has brought to the club.

City are currently 10 points clear of second-placed Chelsea in the table and are on course for a fourth title in five years.

It is the sort of domination that the Qatari owners had in mind when they took over back in 2008 but that is at risk of being reversed when Guardiola exits.

But Arteta could be a solution having worked under the former Barcelona boss during his time at the Etihad.

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