Cazorla offered player-coach role by Arteta


Mikel Arteta is reportedly close to being named Arsenal's new boss and one of his first acts will be to offer Santi Cazorla a new deal.

The Spaniard, who spent five years at the Emirates Stadium as a player before retiring, is the odds-on favourite to be confirmed as Arsene Wenger’s successor and an announcement could be made as soon as this week.

Talks between the two parties are understood to have been very positive and Arteta is now working on his plans for his backroom staff with the 36-year-old keen to bring in at least three new coaches.

Further changes behind the scenes are expected, although it is understood Wenger’s assistant manager Steve Bould has been offered the chance to stay in a new role.

Another member of the current Arsenal squad who Arteta wants to keep around is compatriot Cazorla, who is out of contract in June.

The 33-year-old, who has not played for the Gunners for 19 months due to a catalogue of ankle issues, looks set to be offered a new deal to work as a player-coach, similar to the role Michael Carrick fulfilled last season at Manchester United.


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