Mikel Arteta will have to go through an ‘Apprentice-style’ interview if he wants to become Arsenal’s next manager, according to reports.
The Gunners are still on the lookout for their next permanent boss following Unai Emery’s sacking, with Freddie Ljungberg off to a tough start in his interim role.
Arteta is understood to be among a list of candidates being considered for the job, with the North London club also trying to decide when to make the appointment.
Arteta is believed to to be interested in the position, but the publication reports that he is likely to be subjected to a gruelling interview process with the club’s executives.
It is claimed that different members of the Gunners’ hierarchy, including head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu, could pair up to assess contenders across several discussions before owner Stan Kroenke and son Josh make the final decision.
The 37-year-old was also previously interviewed for the manager’s job following Arsene Wenger’s departure, but just missed out to Unai Emery.
Current interim boss Ljungberg is also believed to be on the list of candidates being considered but has initially struggled to turn around the club’s fortunes.
The Gunners are currently tenth in the Premier League after midweek’s 2-1 home defeat against Brighton left them without a win in their past nine games.
Despite already finding his side ten points adrift of the top four ahead of Monday’s trip to West Ham , Ljungberg believes that Champions League football remains a achievable goal.
“No, I don’t think we should stop talking about the top four,” he said.
“But for us it’s about concentrating on what we’re doing here now and not look up, down, sideways. We just need to work on our own game and our own confidence.”