Wenger: Arteta has qualities for Arsenal job

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"The Arsenal-hold-talks-Henry-vacant-managerial-position.html" Arsenal-hold-talks-Henry-vacant-managerial-position.html" Daily Mail says Arsenal are set to speak to Henry about their vacant managerial position before confirming the successor to Arsene Wenger.

Although he has gained crucial experience working closely with Guardiola, the Spaniard has yet to test himself in a top job and with Arsenal now on the slide and missing out on the top four again this past season, it's a risky strategy to go with an untested manager.

"He was a leader, he has a good passion for the game".

Arteta is the favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger in the next few weeks
Arteta is the favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger in the next few weeks

But Wenger said: 'I left a lot of experience, people who were with me like Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann'.

"He has all the qualities to do the job, yes, and I think as well he is one of the favourites", the Frenchman said.

'Overall he has the qualities but I don't want to influence that publicly.

"The question is do I still want to coach, to be on the bench, or is it time to take up different functions?"

Keen to ensure the Gunners don't fall even further behind their rivals at the top of the Premier League, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is pressing on with negotiations to bring in three new stars.

Sokratis is also said to be available for just £15m, having failed to agree terms over a new contract at the Westfalenstadion.

"At the moment if I want to continue to work, I think I have to move out of the country, because my gut feeling at the moment is that I would feel I would betray my club by staying in England. I can't imagine doing anything else". I need a challenge.

Meanwhile The Sun claims that Arteta "has been cleared by Manchester City chiefs to take over at Arsenal".

Arteta and Henry have never held senior managerial roles with the Frenchman now preparing for the World Cup as assistant to the Belgium national team.