Wenger encourages long serving midfielder to venture into coaching after hanging up his boots

Mikel Arteta is one of the most experienced players in the current Arsenal squad, alongside the likes of Per Mertesacker, Petr Cech, Mathieu Flamini and Laurent Koscielny. The Spaniard has a vast wealth of knowledge about the game, having played in three of the five major Leagues in Europe.

Arteta is currently the skipper for Arsene Wenger’s charges but is a rare starter for the Gunners; the gaffer uses the 33-year old only sparingly while nurturing Francis Coquelin: A process that has reaped dividends to say the least.

Speaking in an interview on the Official Club website, the manager encouraged Arteta to contemplate taking up a career as a coach when his playing days are over, arguing he commands reverence and respect in the backroom:

Mikel has a huge influence even when he is not playing. He is super conscientious, and every morning two hours before training he prepares and that is absolutely right.

Just through his behaviour, his focus on getting everything right in the team, he has a huge influence. He has great experience and is respected throughout the squad.

I really hope Mikel considers going into coaching. When you manage, you want to see your players continue and see them give their experience and knowledge back.

The boss however emphasized that the midfielder still has a duty to fulfill as club captain, stating on Arsenal.com that:

He has the quality to be a manager in the future I’m sure, but at the moment he gives his focus on the job as a player and gives absolutely everything.

The commanding figure will however sit out in the League Cup encounter against Sheffield Wednesday after picking up a knock during training while preparing for Everton’s visit this past weekend.

What do you make of our captain’s season up until now? The manager admitted earlier in the season that he gave Flaimini the option to part with the club in the summer due to limited chances but the Frenchman opted to stay. Do you think Arteta needs to call it time with the club or does he still have the charisma to keep playing till his mid-thirties and beyond? Have your say, Gooners.