Super agent Jorge Mendes has claimed that he held talks with Arsenal over Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo taking over at the club.
Mikel Arteta had been under pressure back in November and December after the club went on a seven-game winless run in the Premier League.
It has now emerged that the agent, who represents Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, held talks with the north London giants over a move for the 46-year-old.
Should Arsenal have sacked Mikel Arteta and hired Nuno Espirito Santo?
I’m not sure what to make of this claim because the Portuguese coach has done a fine job since he was appointed as manager of the Midlands outfit. From the Championship to the Europa League quarter-finals in just over three years is a monumental achievement.
However, his greatest feat is playing a brand of football which is pleasing on the eye. The club have been one of the best sides to watch in recent years with a number of outstanding young wingers, including former player Diogo Jota, who earnt himself a move to Liverpool after featuring to Santo.
Mikel Arteta always had the quality to get through this season’s patchy form shown towards the back end of last year. He won the FA Cup in his first few months as head coach of the club against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea. But, it was some of the football the Emirates Stadium giants played which really put the Spanish coach on the footballing map.
He has managed to turn the club’s form around recently and looks to be the man to drive the club back to the successes of the early 2000s. The club made a good decision in sticking by Arteta as I believe he’s the man to make the difference in years to come.