Arsenal's Tottenham-linked Mikel Arteta claimed in 2014 that Pochettino was like a father to him

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Arsenal's Mikel Arteta has been linked with a move to Tottenham - as a coach.

According to a report from The Mirror, Arsenal veteran Mikel Arteta could move to North London rivals Tottenham this summer, but in a coaching capacity.

Arteta, 34, has only made 23 appearances in the last two seasons for Arsenal, with the Spaniard's age seemingly catching up with him at this late stage of his career.

The former Everton man is out of contract at the end of the season, and his expected departure would bring an end to five years at the Emirates Stadium - but could he stay in North London?

The Mirror claim that Arteta is wanted by fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur - as well as Manchester City - but not as a player, rather in a coaching capacity, which would suggest Arteta will retire after a host of injury blows.

It's suggested that Arteta has a strong relationship with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, and previous quotes from the midfielder suggest that could be true.

Arteta played alongside Pochettino during their time together at Paris Saint-Germain, and it seems that the Spanish midfielder hasn't forgotten his time alongside the highly-rated Pochettino.

Ahead of facing Spurs and Pochettino in September 2014, Arteta told the Arsenal official website that Pochettino was like a father to him at PSG, and will forever be grateful to the Argentinian for teaching him so much about the game - making a summer reunion between the pair a distinct possibility.

"He was the captain of the club and for me, he was like a father," said Arteta. "He really looked after me. He taught me about the values and the behaviour that a professional footballer must have. He told me about the way a footballer must look after himself and he had a lot of respect for his team-mates. I will always be grateful for what he did for him and I respect him for that," he added.

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