Wenger: I'd be betraying Arsenal if I stayed in England

Arsene Wenger: Mikel Arteta has quality to become Arsenal manager

Arsenal to open talks with Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta on Thursday

The same story says that both Arteta and former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira are the two main candidates to take over at The Emirates if the Gunners do indeed move to appoint a younger manager.

The search has begun for Wenger's successor after his 22-year association ended with a win over Huddersfield Town on Sunday and the north London outfit are hopefully of naming a new manager before the start of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Spaniard and his representatives, on Tuesday, held advanced negotiations with Arsenal's hierarchy and are at a stage where backroom staff and financial packages are being discussed.

Following a stunning sendoff in recent weeks as he stepped away from Arsenal after nearly 22 years in the job, the legendary French manager has revealed he seems himself staying in the game.

"I have seen the shortlist: Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta - why not?"

'With Vieira - and this is only my opinion - yes.

Along with Arteta, Patrick Vieira has been spoken to about the Arsenal post, but the Frenchman has since been left in limbo as he has not received any feedback.

Just not in England which seems to rule out a swift return to the Premier League.

Regardless, Pires believes his former teammate remains the ideal candidate to step into Wenger's shoes. Now in charge of New York City, Vieira is said to be mystified over whether he has ever been under serious consideration.

A 68-year-old Arsene Wenger headed Arsenal since 1996.

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