Former Arsenal midfielder and captain, Mikel Arteta confirmed his departure from Emirates Stadium to take a coaching role under the new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
The two time FA winner with Arsenal is leaving the club after spending five years at the club.
Confirming the coaching deal on his twitter account, the 34 year-old Spaniard said his time of playing football is over and he has to pursue other carriers.
“Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm that I will be leaving Arsenal and retiring from playing to take up a coaching position at Manchester City,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I’ve enjoyed an amazing five years at Arsenal and it’s been an honour and a privilege to captain such a great club,” said Arteta.
He further said he is now looking forward to the challenge ahead at Manchester City and the opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and his team was an amazing opportunity for him.
“Throughout my career I have always been interested in more than just the playing side and have had a passion for helping progress and develop the team outside of just my own role as a player,” he said.
“Coaching has always been something I’ve been keen to go in to and over the past few years I’ve worked hard off the pitch as well as on it to develop my skills in order to put me in a position to be able to pursue a coaching role once I finished playing.”
Pep Guardiola has left the German champions, Bayern Munich to join the Manchester club.