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Mikel Arteta makes shock claim about Arsenal job after coming close to succeeding Arsene Wenger

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Mikel Arteta has hinted that he may have withdrawn from the race to be Arsene Wenger's successor when the Frenchman left Arsenal in 2018.

The 37-year-old is known to have received the backing of Wenger for the Arsenal job, as did Patrick Vieira.

Former Arsenal club captain Arteta, now Pep Guardiola's assistant manager at Manchester City, was among the frontrunners for the job at the Emirates Stadium after the Frenchman brought his two decade tenure to a close in May of last year but the Gunners would ultimately choose Unai Emery.

"A Champions League is decided by very small details that are sometimes not in your hands," Arteta said.

"Premier Leagues have been won before we arrived but we we have not had the consistency we have achieved.

However his comments appear to indicate that succeeding Guardiola at Manchester City is a more realistic option for Arteta. understands that Arteta was among 10 candidates interviewed for the job and it was widely believed at the time that he had emerged as Ivan Gazidis' first-choice only for the then-CEO to opt for the more experienced option of Emery, who had previously managed Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain.
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