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Arsenal postpone press conference as Arteta deal draws closer

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Arsenal postpone press conference as Arteta deal draws closer

Arsenal have fuelled speculation Mikel Arteta’s appointment as head coach could be imminent by postponing interim boss Freddie Ljungberg’s Thursday news conference.

Ljungberg was set to face the media on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton – by which time Arsenal hope to have former club captain Arteta in place.

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However, the club have moved the news conference to Friday, giving no information about who will face the media.

Arsenal have been in talks with the Manchester City assistant manager this week.

However, it is understood there are still significant hurdles for Arsenal and City to overcome before Arteta’s move to north London can be confirmed.

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The two clubs are yet to begin official negotiations over a compensation deal for Pep Guardiola’s assistant, although it is unlikely that these discussions could scupper Arteta’s move.

Sky in Italy are reporting that Arteta has told City’s board that he wants to leave to become the Gunners’ head coach, but he did travel with his current employers to Oxford for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final to take his place on the bench alongside Guardiola.

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