Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested to The Guardian that Mikel Arteta could leave at the end of the season.
Arteta has been on the books of Arsenal since 2011 and is out of contract in the summer of 2016.
The 34-year-old is one of the senior players in the current Gunners’ squad, but his playing time has been limited this season.
The former Rangers and Everton midfielder has played just eight times in the Premier League for Arsenal this campaign.
Wenger has suggested that Arteta could leave Arsenal at the end of the season and join Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Premier League rivals Manchester City.
“It is possible,” the Frenchman told The Guardian when asked if Arteta could depart for a backroom role at City. “It is true that he is out of contract here and when his contract finishes it is a good opportunity for me to thank him for his contribution, not only as a player but also as a leader.
“What kind of orientation will he give now to his career? I heard about that possibility but he could inform you much better than I can. He is free to decide to do what he wants, he will certainly need some time to reflect on whether he continues to play.”
Arteta is past his prime, and it is clear that he does not have too many years left in him as a player.
It would make sense for the 34-year-old midfielder to leave Arsenal and join City in a player-coach capacity in the summer.
If Arteta has the ambition of becoming a manager some day, then working with Guardiola is certainly going to be a big help in that.