Manchester City assistant coach and former Arsenal player Mikel Arteta named as the new manager of Arsenal, replacing Unai Emery. The club announced last 20th December 2019.

“This is a huge honor. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Arteta said via ESPN on his appointment as manager of Arsenal, which he played from 2011 to 2016 under legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

“We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with [owners] Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.’’

Arteta appointment came after Arsenal fired Emery, just a season into his appointment as manager last 29th November 2019 due to the club’s worst start in 27 years in their Premier League campaign.

The 38-year-old Spaniard served as an assistant coach under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola since 2016 and was part coaching staff which orchestrated Manchester City championship haul in the Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, and FA Community Shield.

“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy,” Arteta added after signing a three-a-half-year deal, valid until the end of the 2022-2023 season.

Arteta’s first Premier League match in charge of  Arsenal started with a 1-1 draw against AFC Bournemouth on Boxing Day and suffered his first loss as The Gunners manager in a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea, three days later.

But Arteta finally got a victory as Arsenal manager in The Gunners’ 2-0 victory over Manchester United last January 1st.

“It feels great, incredible,” Arteta told BT Sport about the win, quoted in another ESPN article.”I’m so happy and proud of the players and the performance they put in.

“Right from the start, I could feel a different atmosphere. Thank you so much to the fans because we really need them. The players play so much better when they are behind us. Hopefully, we gave them something to be proud of today.”

Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored for Arsenal during the 8th and 42nd minute respectively to give Arteta its first victory as Arsenal manager.

Arsenal is currently 10th in the Premier League table with 28 points.

Brendan Rodgers signs new deal with Leicester City

 

Brendan Rodgers, the manager behind Leicester City resurgence in the Premier League this season will stay in the club for the foreseeable future.

The development comes after Rodgers and Leicester City agreed his contract to be extended until June 2025 from the original June 2022 expiration, superseding the Northern Irish previous contract signed with the club last February 2019.

“Having that ownership here gives you great confidence that you can progress together,” Rodgers said via BBC Sport.

“I hope we can continue to break records, win some trophies, and ideally be in a healthy position in the table.”

Rodgers joined Leicester City from Celtic in February 2019 after The Foxes fired Claude Puel, just after 16 months into the job.

Leicester City under Rodgers is currently in third place on the ongoing Premier League season with 45 points, just two points behind defending Champion and second place running Manchester City.

Liverpool is currently leading the table with 61 points.

Leicester City won 14 of its 22 matches so far in the Premier League season with the cast of hard-working players led by Jamie Vardy as the club is looking to have a good Premier League campaign in many years, almost five years past in surprisingly winning the Premier League crown during the 2015-2016 season.

Before his stints with  Leicester City and Celtic, Rodgers also managed Liverpool, Swansea City, Reading, and Watford.

 

Quote sources:

https://www.espn.co.uk/football/arsenal/story/4017515/mikel-arteta-named-arsenal-head-coach

https://www.espn.co.uk/football/report?gameId=541641

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50684861