Arsenal next manager: Mikel Arteta expected to be appointed this month

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When Wenger was appointed by Arsenal there were similar reactions from many supporters and media members, but he leaves as the second-most decorated manager in the Premier League era.

Pires believes Vieira remains the ideal candidate to step into Wenger's shoes at the Emirates club.

Wenger's assistant Steve Bould has also been offered a new role but the former defender hasn't yet given an indication of his future and is understood be weighing up an offer from recently relegated Stoke City.

Arteta who joined Arsenal from Everton spent five years in the Emirates Stadium before retiring in 2016.

Arsenal are to hold talks with former midfielder Mikel Arteta on Thursday about their vacant manager's position, according to reports.

"So that's why I say - yes, Patrick Vieira is ready to manage Arsenal".

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Vieira is said to be "disappointed" with the Gunners hierarchy, and will not be offered the job.

It now appears as if the latter will be taking on his first ever managerial job in North London with players of the club being told that the Manchester City coach is likely to be announced as manager in the coming weeks.

Boro Primorac, a long-term coach and friend of Wenger, was always likely to leave and, as the outgoing manager prepares to clear his office later this week, a number of other backroom staff have also been relieved of their duties. Not the board, however, who instead are "close" to appointing 36-year-old Arteta.

Looking back on his Arsenal career, the 68-year-old has revealed his two biggest regrets.

"It will be very hard for me [without Arsenal]", Wenger told Arsenal's website. "As I said in my speech on the pitch after the Burnley game, I'm a fan above all".