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Arteta backed to take the job by Arsenal legend

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Alan Smith has hailed Mikel Arteta as bold and progressive while backing him to become the next Arsenal manager.

Arsenal appointed former player Freddie Ljungberg as their head coach after breaking ties with Unai Emery. The Gunners appear to be in safe hands as Ljungberg has spent almost a decade at the Emirates while winning numerous accolades with them.

But the search for the next manager for Arsenal is not over. And Gunners legend Alan Smith feels Mikel Arteta should be the answer to his former club’s managerial woes.

“I would like them to be bold and go for a younger, more progressive manager,” Alan Smith told Sky Sports News.

“I’d like Mikel Arteta. I know a lot of Arsenal fans say, ‘He’s never been a manager. How could you do that? We need tried and trusted experience’.

“But I think he’s going to be a top manager quite shortly. If Arsenal don’t get him I think somebody else will. If he stays at Manchester City when Pep Guardiola steps down, he’ll be a stick on to takeover.

“From what you hear of his work at Man City, he takes so much of the training, the players respect him a great deal. I think he’s been responsible for improvements in Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling – so I think he is excellent.

“He’s got that Arsenal connection as well. He’d be my choice,” Alan Smith declared.