London football club Arsenal has changed the job title of Mikel Arteta from head coach to first team manager.
The title change was announced on Thursday, 10th September, by CEO Vinai Venkatesham.
According to Venkatesham, Arteta’s job description is now more than just being a coach.
Appointed in December to replace Unai Emery, Arteta also took the title of head coach. The role was introduced by Arsenal after Arsene Wenger’s 22-year spell as manager ended in 2018.
In his first nine months as a coach, the former Arsenal midfielder has already led the Gunners to FA Cup and Community Shield success, while securing Europa League qualification.
“Mikel’s been here since the end of December and the last nine months have probably been the most challenging nine months in Arsenal’s history – and we’ve been around for 134 years. Despite all of those challenges, Mikel has been driving this football club forward,” chief executive Vinai Venkatesham told Arsenal Digital.
“He has lifted the spirits and lifted the energy here at London Colney and with Arsenal fans all across the world. He is doing an absolutely phenomenal job.”
Venkatesham said Arteta’s recognition was out of what he’s been doing from the day he arrived in North London.
“He is doing a great job of coaching the first team and that’s his primary responsibility, but there is so much more that he can bring and that’s why we’re making this change, in recognition of his capabilities and also the job that he’s doing already,” he said.
Arteta will now work closely with football director Edu Gaspar to manage all the other elements of the club’s football operations that are so important, including analysis, recruitment, high performance, and medicals.
Arsenal will start their 2020/21 campaign against Premier League returnees Fulham on Saturday, 12th September.