Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Mikel Arteta has “all of the qualities” required to replace him at the club.
The 36-year-old Spaniard, who played 150 matches under Wenger at The Emirates, has emerged as a strong favourite to be named new Gunners boss.
Arteta is presently an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at champions Manchester City, but has been in talks with the Arsenal hierarchy about taking the job.
“He was a leader, has good passion for the game, knows the club and knows what is important at the club.
“Overall he has the qualities but I don’t want to influence that publicly.
“I believe it is important they make their choice in an objective way and after that decision I will support him,” Wenger told beIN Sports on Thursday.