The Spaniard is untested as a manager since retiring in 2016. But he’s surely ready to make the step up, having spent three years alongside one of the best in the world in Pep Guardiola.
Arteta has played a key role in what has been a golden era for Manchester City, who recently made history by winning a domestic treble.
But his future has to be as a number one. He nearly made the step up last summer, having been heavily linked with the Arsenal job. But instead they went for a safer pair of hands in Unai Emery.
A team like Newcastle could be ideal for Arteta. They’re a decent enough size to appeal to the former midfielder, but not too big a job that the club would think they could do better. It could be a perfect match, as long as you ignore the off-field issues and problematic owner…
But what do the fans make of links with a move for the Manchester City coach? Do they think he could be the man to take the club forward following Rafa Benitez’s departure?
Newcastle fans react to links with Mikel Arteta
Arteta is unproven but i think he would be my choice at the moment, what a way to start your managerial career #NUFC
— Daryl Coombs (@darcoombs) June 25, 2019
#nufc see Mikel Arteta linked with the job. Good choice this. Imagine all the loan players we could get from man city until the mooted Arab take over takes place.
— Albert mooney (@Albertm70911962) June 26, 2019
Won’t matter in the grand scheme of things, under current shambles of a regime #NUFC will never move forward but out of the names linked, and in the betting odds, most intriguing to me is Mikel Arteta
— Andy Daly (@AndyDaly141) June 24, 2019
— Shane Rout (@shaneyr34) June 26, 2019
I feel like Arteta could be really good, too bad we have no ambition
— AaronGittins (@aarongittins2) June 25, 2019
Could you imagine leaving a world class set up at Man City, for a club who will actively fight against you in signing the players you want?
— David McAndrew (@McAndrewDavid) June 25, 2019
Arteta is not stupid. Why would he kill his career before it’s even started. It’s suicide for a young manager.
— nufc_seb (@djchubbs) June 26, 2019