Arsenal are in talks with Manchester City manager's assistant Mikel Arteta as they are seeking replacement for Unai Emery, Sky Sports reported. Yet, they are still only seven points from fourth place in the table.
Arteta, 37, spent five years at the Emirates under Arsene Wenger (2011 to 2016) before spending the past three and a half years as Pep Guardiola's assistant at the Etihad.
It is understood City are unhappy that the London club did not ask for permission to speak to Arteta and are especially annoyed because City played at Arsenal on Sunday and no approach was made when club officials met.
Reports added that while Premier League champions City were unhappy at a lack of a formal approach for Arteta, now an assistant to manager Pep Guardiola, they will stop the Spanish midfielder joining Arsenal.
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Ancelotti has been linked with the Arsenal job but, according to Spanish journalist Kike Marin, he knows nothing about any interest from the Gunners. "If he decides to move, I'll wish him all the best; for him, his family and for his professional future".
Chief negotiator Huss Fahmy and managing director Vinai Venkatesham travelled to Manchester after Arsenal's defeat to City on Sunday afternoon and spent more than two hours at Arteta's home in Cheshire. It is not enough, we are Arsenal. Whether that is Arteta remains to be seen as he's never been a manager before and will now be in charge of one of the most valuable clubs in the world. He knows exactly what we would like but at the end the decision is personal. I think the club has done everything and we can not do anymore'.
But there is recognition behind the scenes that Arteta will need an experienced backroom team to assist him - given this would be his first time in the top seat.