Mikel Arteta will have to go through an ‘Apprentice-style’ interview if he wants to become Arsenal’s next manager, according to reports.

The Gunners are still on the lookout for their next permanent boss following Unai Emery’s sacking, with Freddie Ljungberg off to a tough start in his interim role.

Arteta is understood to be among a list of candidates being considered for the job, with the North London club also trying to decide when to make the appointment.

According to The Telegraph , Arsenal chiefs now view the Spaniard as their preferred man to take charge at the Emirates Stadium if they choose to bring in a new coach before the end of the season.

Arteta is believed to to be interested in the position, but the publication reports that he is likely to be subjected to a gruelling interview process with the club’s executives.

Mikel Arteta is believed to be one of the candidates to become Arsenal’s next permanent boss

It is claimed that different members of the Gunners’ hierarchy, including head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu, could pair up to assess contenders across several discussions before owner Stan Kroenke and son Josh make the final decision.

Arteta is currently Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City , but spent five years of his playing career at  Arsenal,  and even retired at the club in 2016.

The 37-year-old was also previously interviewed for the manager’s job following Arsene Wenger’s departure, but just missed out to Unai Emery.

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Current interim boss Ljungberg is also believed to be on the list of candidates being considered but has initially struggled to turn around the club’s fortunes.

Freddie Ljungberg has had a tough start to his time as interim boss

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The Gunners are currently tenth in the Premier League after midweek’s 2-1 home defeat against Brighton left them without a win in their past nine games.

Despite already finding his side ten points adrift of the top four ahead of Monday’s trip to West Ham , Ljungberg believes that Champions League football remains a achievable goal.

“No, I don’t think we should stop talking about the top four,” he said.

“But for us it’s about concentrating on what we’re doing here now and not look up, down, sideways. We just need to work on our own game and our own confidence.”





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