Arsenal are prepared to offer midfielder Mikel Arteta a coaching role when he hangs up his boots, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Mikel Arteta is the captain of Arsenal but the midfielder has not been able to feature on a consistent basis over the last 12 months due to persistent injury problems.
As a result, it is widely expected that Arteta will be released by Arsenal following the expiration of his contract at the end of the current campaign.
However, it has been revealed that the 33-year old could well continue at Arsenal beyond the end of the season in a coaching capacity. Arteta has been taking his coaching badges and has been seen regularly working with the Arsenal academy.
Now the Daily Mail have gone on to reveal that Arsenal are considering handing Arteta a coaching role once the midfielder hangs up his boots and manager Arsene Wenger is open to facilitating such a move.
Wenger said regarding the probable appointment of Arteta, “He has to go through the youth system first, but I don’t rule that out (that he could be on the coaching staff).
“At the moment I don’t have a real need. Our average age is quite high on my staff. They are all good. I am happy with all my staff at the moment. But I think he can be a coach in the future yes and certainly here.”