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Arsenal title winner Smith pleads with board to go for Arteta

Arsenal title winner Alan Smith feels the club needs to appoint Mikel Arteta as new manager.

After the dismissal of Unai Emery, a number of targets have been identified with Manchester City assistant manager Arteta a possibility.

"I would like them to be bold and go for a younger, more progressive manager," Smith told Sky Sports News. "I'd like Mikel Arteta.

“I know a lot of Arsenal fans say, 'He's never been a manager. How could you do that? We need tried and trusted experience'.

“But I think he's going to be a top manager quite shortly. If Arsenal don't get him I think somebody else will.

“If he stays at Manchester City when Pep Guardiola steps down, he'll be a stick on to takeover.

“From what you hear of his work at Man City, he takes so much of the training, the players respect him a great deal.

“I think he's been responsible for improvements in Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling - so I think he is excellent."

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