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Arsenal midfielder confirms he is leaving the club to take on coaching role


Manchester City have confirmed that former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has joined the club's coaching staff.

The Spaniard was released by the Gunners but he will be involved straight away next season as he joins Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff.

"Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm that I will be leaving Arsenal and retiring from playing to take up a coaching position at Manchester City," Arteta told City's official website.

"I've enjoyed an amazing five years at Arsenal and it's been an honour and a privilege to captain such a great club.

"Throughout my career I have been interested in more than just the playing side and have had a passion to develop and progress the team outside of my own role as a player.

"Coaching has been something I've always been keen to go into and I've worked hard off the pitch as well as on it to develop my skills in order to put me in a position to be able to pursue a coaching role once I finished playing.

"I've been lucky enough to work under some amazing coaches during my career and I hope to use the elements of everything I've learned from them as well as my own playing career to help City achieve success.

"I am now looking forward to the challenge ahead at Manchester City. The opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and his team was an amazing opportunity for me and I am incredibly excited for the future."

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