Arteta reveals why he never became Arsenal manager after Wenger left
- The Spaniard retired with us back in 2016.
- He immediately became Guardiola's coach at Man City.
- In 2018 he was a prime candidate for the Arsenal job.
- However, Arteta made a personal decision to refuse the offer as he believes he was not ready.
Speaking with Spanish media outlet SER Catalunya, Mikel Arteta revealed the reasons why he never became Arsenal's manager back in 2018.
"Yes, there have been some things [stopping me from becoming Arsenal's manager], but the decision I have made is that I am very happy where I am [at Man City].
"I feel very valued and fulfilled. And the road will continue here.
"Sometimes, I was about to leave, but I stopped myself.
"Firstly, that I am not in a hurry and I have not felt that I need to take the step.
"There are important conditions, especially in a first experience for me that are vital and eventually I learned that these are essential to develop what you want, no matter how clear your vision is."
Arteta spent 5 yeara at the Emirates, retiring as club captain in 2016. From there, he went on to become Pep Guardiola's assistant at Man City.
After Arsene Wenger left Arsenal, Arteta was constantly linked by the media and appeared to be the lead candidate. However, the job eventually went to Unai Emery.