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Former Arsenal captain admits Mikel Arteta has inspired him to become a manager

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has successfully rebuilt the club he used to captain after being appointed in December 2019.

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Mikel Arteta was appointed the Arsenal manager in December 2019, after Unai Emery was dismissed of his duties a few weeks earlier. After a culture reset and revitalising the squad, the Gunners are now back fighting for Premier League and Champions League glory.

Mikel Arteta’s ties to Arsenal begun when Arsene Wenger signed the midfielder from Everton in 2011. The Spaniard went on to win two FA Cups and become the Gunners captain before hanging up his boots in 2016.

Another former-Arsenal captain in Cesc Fabregas also now wants to become a manger, after being inspired by Mikel Arteta’s journey since becoming a coach.

Cesc Fabregas joined Arsenal from Barcelona’s academy in 2003. The midfielder went on to play in North London for eight years, while becoming the club’s youngest captain in 2008.

Since retiring the 36-year-old has gone into coaching himself, at Italian Serie B side Como. Fabregas has claimed he wants to become a manager in the Premier League one day.


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Cesc Fabregas: “You never know how the future will go, but I want to be a main coach. I am doing my own way at the moment. 100 per cent my ambition one day is to coach a top club in the Premier League, the Champions League.

“But you need to respect the right steps. I feel I am ready to be a first-team coach already so I don’t really want to go into these types of little coaching on the side or being an assistant.

“I have very clear things in my mind that I just want to be a main coach, a first-team coach, and that’s why I will do my own way until I am ready to jump onto a big train.”

Cesc Fabregas is currently managing in Italy at Como and his role isn’t too dissimilar from Mikel Arteta’s first coaching role at Manchester City. After retiring, the Spaniard opted to join Pep Guardiola rather than remaining at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.

Cesc Fabregas, similar to Mikel Arteta, has played under some of the best managers in the world during his playing career. He also is a graduate from La Masia in Spain, just like Mikel Arteta and Xabi Alonso, with the later doing an extraordinary job in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen.

Fabregas worked under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. When you look at the names he’s played under there’s no doubt the Spaniard could become a great manager in the near future.

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