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Mikel Arteta to leave Arsenal to join Manchester United

Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Mikel Arteta would 100% leave in the summer to join Arsenal rival

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Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would unquestionably leave Arsenal to take up the managerial position at Manchester United if offered the opportunity. The former United center-back has been outspoken about the uncertain future of Erik ten Hag at the club, hinting at the likelihood of the Dutchman being replaced as the head coach in the summer.

Ten Hag’s current contract as the manager of Manchester United is set to run until the summer of 2025. The recent involvement of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team has sparked speculation about potential changes in the managerial seat. 

Following a recent defeat against Fulham, the Red Devils find themselves a considerable 14 points adrift of Premier League title contenders Arsenal in third place, eight points behind Aston Villa in fourth place and are in danger of missing out on the automatic qualification for the Champions League next season.

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Mikel Arteta returned to Arsenal as a manager in 2019 following his first foray into management under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City as an assistant. Despite recent success guiding the Gunners to a competitive position in the Premier League, Ferdinand believes Arteta would not hesitate to leave London for Manchester if the opportunity arose.

Speaking on his FIVE Youtube channel, Ferdinand stated, “Arteta would leave Arsenal to join Man United, 100 per cent. 

“No one is saying it’s happening, but if Man United, in a wild dream, said, ‘do you know what, Erik ten Hag, thank you,’ or Erik ten Hag has been poached by Bayern Munich, and he goes there, and then Man United says top of the list is Arteta. 

“Arteta is going in and saying to the lads, ‘listen guys, it’s been emotional, but I’ve got to move, I’ve got to go.'”

It’s important to note that Arteta has not shown any previous intentions of becoming the manager of Manchester United. His existing contract with Arsenal extends until next year, and he has dismissed rumours linking him to the vacant managerial position at Barcelona. 

Mikel Arteta as a manager has led the Gunners to five wins and suffered just two defeats against Manchester United and may likely see the job at Old Trafford not as attractive as it once was.

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