MIKEL ARTETA wants to become Arsenal’s new boss – but not until he is given guarantees by the club’s hierarchy.
The Manchester City assistant manager is on a 12-man list of candidates to replace Unai Emery at the Emirates.
He is high one of the preferred candidates, after learning his trade under one of the world’s best managers in Pep Guardiola.
But Arteta is seeking assurances over the long-term project in North London before talks begin over a deal.
It is understood he would love a return to the former club he captained and won two FA Cups with.
City are willing to let the 37-year-old move back to Arsenal, but would prefer he stays until the end of the season.
They would also not let him leave before the two teams meet at the Emirates this coming Sunday.
An Etihad source said: “Mikel wants the job but wants to know what is on offer and guarantees from them.
“He will then speak to the club. Nothing is going to happen before the end of this week from what we can tell.
“Mikel is conflicted because of his relationship with Pep and feeling for City after the years there.
“He has been excellent since he got here and there is a feeling he is going to be a top manager one day.”
It is understood City have discussed Arteta as a future replacement for Pep Guardiola when he eventually leaves.
The Etihad manager has seen his side struggle in recent weeks as they fall 14 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table.
But it’s believed they are reluctant to give him such offers at this stage, with Guardiola seen as their long-term man.
Meanwhile, Freddie Ljungberg is also high on Arsenal’s list after their 3-1 win over West Ham on Monday night.
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