Arsenal have announced that Mikel Arteta is our new manager, signing a three and a half year contract at The Emirates.

Arteta previously spent over five years as a player at Arsenal and captained the club to FA Cup silverware left Man City this week to become Unai Emery‘s permanent successor following Freddie Ljungberg’s interim appointment.

It’s thought that Man City were paid compensation and despite the appointment he won’t be in charge at his old playing club Everton this weekend, Freddie Ljungberg will remain in charge at Goodison Park.

Arteta was understandably chuffed and said on the official website:

“This is a huge honour, Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club…”

Pep Guardiola confirmed earlier in the week that the move for Arteta was on the cards, and said:

“You know my opinion about Mikel. If he decides to move I’ll wish him all the best, for him, his family and for his professional future. I will beat him, that’s a joke! The best of luck…”

After the game at Goodison Park this weekend, Arteta will take charge at Bournemouth on Boxing Day at the Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day, followed by two tricky home games against Chelsea and Manchester United.

Best of luck Mikel, welcome back to the Arsenal!