Mikel joined City in July 2016 as a valued member of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff – and following the departure of Domenec Torrent to New York City FC on June 11 2018, he stepped up to become de facto assistant manager.
Pep Guardiola said of Arteta’s departure: “Mikel has been an excellent coach for Manchester City. He has shown impressive dedication, hard work and knowledge of football during his time here and has been a real contributor to the Club’s achievements over the past years. We all wish him well in his new role; I am sure he is ready for it.”
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Mikel, as a member of Pep’s team, has contributed significantly to the Club in his time here in Manchester. His work on the training field and detailed preparations have helped us become a side that wins with regularity and in style. This move to Arsenal is a further step in his football development and I am sure he will become a top-class coach.”