Mikel Arteta would be smart Arsenal hire, Yaya Toure says

Mikel Arteta remained in talks with Arsenal about the coaching vacancy even as Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expected his assistant to still be at Wednesday’s League Cup game against Oxford.

The 37-year-old Arteta would be taking his first head coaching job at a team that has slumped to 10th in the Premier League — seven points from the Champions League places.

Former City midfielder Yaya Toure thinks Arteta would be in for a massive challenge if he takes the job.

“It’s going to be quite difficult,” Toure said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Why? Because Arsenal is struggling and I think if the directors of Arsenal listen to him and go in his way, maybe it’s going
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