Arsenal have appointed former midfielder Mikel Arteta as their head coach on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
Arteta, who made 149 appearances for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016 before joining Manchester City’s coaching staff, will replace fellow Spaniard Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium.
Arteta leaves his role as Manchester City assistant manager helping the club to consecutive league titles over the last two seasons and replaces Freddie Ljungberg, who took over as interim head coach following Unai Emery’s sacking at the end of last month.
Emery was sacked last month after Arsenal’s 2-1 Europa League home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt which extended their winless run in all competitions to seven games, their worst streak since February 1992 under George Graham.
The domestic treble winners were angered by Arsenal’s approach for the Spaniard after pictures emerged of Gunners chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and lawyer Huss Fahmy leaving his Manchester home in the early hours of Monday morning.
Arsenal are 10th in the league table, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, after five victories in 17 matches this season.