Mikel Arteta has been handed a promotion at the Emirates as first team manager following his influence since joining the club in December.
Arteta was appointed as head coach of the Gunners to succeed Unai Emery and the club chiefs have elevated him to a first team manager after seeing Arsenal through what chief executive Vinai Venkatesham describes as “the toughest nine months period this club has had in 134-year history.”
Vinai added: “He has lifted the spirite and lifted the energy here at London Colney and with Arsenal fans all around the world. He is doing an absolutely phenomenal job.
“The other thing that’s clear is that, right from the day he walked through the door, he was doing much more than being our head coach. So we are going to be changing his job title going forward.
“He’ll move from head coach to be the first-team manager. That’s a recognition of what he’s been doing from the day he walked in the door, but also where we see his capabilities.
Arteta over the period of nine months at the Emirates has won the FA Cup and the Community Shield. He has also been an influential part of the lives of the players and the club especially during this Covid-19 period.
Arteta was influential in players taking pay cuts and also convinced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to commit his future to the club. His presence is attracting great players to the club.
Vinai then explained how the structure will work going forward saying: “So in terms of how that will work, going forward Mikel will join a really strong team with Edu and they’ll be working really, really closely together to manage all the other elements of our football operations that are so important, whether analysis, recruitment, high performance or medical, they’ll be looking after those areas together.”