Search

Mikel Arteta as next Arsenal boss: Bookies suspend betting after flood of money on young favourite – while history shows ‘Silent’ Stan Kroenke not afraid to make bold appointments

PUBLISHED: 12:10 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 15 May 2018

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has been priced as the bookies favourite to take over from Arsene Wenger according to Betway. Credit PA

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has been priced as the bookies favourite to take over from Arsene Wenger according to Betway. Credit PA

PA Archive/PA Images

Betting has been suspended on Mike Arteta becoming the next Arsenal manager after substantial sums have been placed on the Spaniard.

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has been priced as the bookies favourite to take over from Arsene Wenger according to Betway. Credit PAFormer Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has been priced as the bookies favourite to take over from Arsene Wenger according to Betway. Credit PA

According to a source the Islington Gazette understands the 36-year-old is set to meet his agent to discuss backroom staff appointments at the North London giants tomorrow, Wednesday, before any announcement is made.

The 36-year-old San Sebastian-born former Arsenal midfielder started working with City after retiring from playing two years ago and was a key member of staff during their runaway title success this term.

City boss Pep Guardiola has also said he would not stand in the way of Arteta becoming the next Gunners boss.

Arteta has been described by those who have interviewed him as a serious, considered, deep thinker with a dry sense of humour and an in-depth knowledge and respect of the traditions of Arsenal.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (centre) with Mikel Arteta (left), Brian Kidd (right) and Domenec Torrent (second right) during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (centre) with Mikel Arteta (left), Brian Kidd (right) and Domenec Torrent (second right) during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.

Previous favourite, Juventus manager Max Allegri had been sounded out it is believed he is now looking to stay at La Vecchia Signora, unless he has a sudden change of heart.

Betway’s Alan Alger said: “After heightened betting activity this morning, running in line with reports that a deal is close, we’ve been forced to suspend betting on Mikel Arteta taking over as the Arsenal manager.”

Josh Kroenke, son of majority Arsenal shareholder Stan, has been a growing influence at the club this season.

He is seen as the heir apparent to his father’s sports empire which also includes the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and the NHL’s Colarado Avalanche.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (right) with assistant coach Mikel Arteta (left) during the training session at the CFA, Manchester.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (right) with assistant coach Mikel Arteta (left) during the training session at the CFA, Manchester.

Kroenke, is also president and governor of the Denver Nuggets NBA side as well as fulfilling the same roles at the Avalanche, alternate governor of the Colorado Rapids football team and non-executive director at Arsenal.

He graduated from the University of Missouri where he received a full basketball scholarship. After graduating he did a six-month internship at the NBA’s league office, before working as an underwriter for Lehman Brothers,

He is said to be humble and hardworking and has been described by the Denver Post newspaper as a ‘normal guy who just happens to run more sports franchises than you do.”

There is a precedent for appointing young managers within their organisation after his father Stan appointed 31-year-old Sean McVay as head of the Rams after he ‘aced’ a series of interviews with club executives – who decided his age was not a hindrance to installing him.

Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says goodbye to the fans after the Premier League match at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield.Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says goodbye to the fans after the Premier League match at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield.

McVay accepted a five-year contract 12 days short of his 31st birthday in January 2017 to become the youngest coach in NFL history.

Rams general manager Les Snead, speaking to the Orange County Register newspaper said at the time of McVay’s appointment: “The nice thing with Stan is [he] is very innovative.

“He appreciates the young entrepreneurs, people like that in the business world who are bright and making a mark on the plane.”

A year later McVay was named Coach of Year by the Pro Football Writers of America after guiding Rams to their first play-off finals since 2004.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

West Ham United Hammers midfielder Jack Wilshere says there is far more to come from Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season.

Nicky Shorey has a 100 per cent record so far, but can expect a big challenge on Saturday

Yesterday, 15:00

The Chilean praised Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino ahead of the capital clash

Yesterday, 11:00

Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane urge Spurs to kick on following record-equalling league start

Yesterday, 10:24

Wembley Stadium plays host to the second of its three NFL games of the season on Sunday and fans will be hoping that they are treated to a better game than last week’s one-sided contest between the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders.

Yesterday, 09:00

The full-back, who is approaching 250 appearances for the club, discussed the win at Burgess Hill Town and much more

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been discussing various topics with Layth Yousif during his exclusive interview this week. The talented 26-year-old invited Layth to his house for an in-depth discussion on a wide-ranging number of issues as the star prepares to launch his first soccer school at the end of this month. Read on for more...

Thu, 17:00

Tottenham Hotspur will be without Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and Dele Alli for the fixture at the London Stadium

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now