Arsene Wenger: Mikel Arteta has the qualities to become the next Arsenal manager

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Mikel Arteta captained Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side for a period.

The veteran French coach stood down at the end of the Premier League season following 22 years at the helm of the Gunners, with the search now on for his successor.

Former Arsenal midfielder Arteta has emerged as a leading contender, having worked as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at champions Manchester City.

Wenger has no doubts the 36-year-old would be up to the challenge and, in an interview with beIN SPORTS, he said: “He has all the qualities to do the job and I think as well he is one of the favourites.

“He was a leader, and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why not?”

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Harry Winks signs new five-year contract at Tottenham

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Injury affected Winks' second-half to the season.

The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal which keeps him with Spurs until 2023.

Winks made 25 appearances for Tottenham this season but only three since the turn of the year, all in the FA Cup.

An ankle injury hampered him during the second half of the campaign, costing him a chance of a place in England’s World Cup squad.

Centre-half Cameron Carter-Vickers, 20, has also committed his future to the club by agreeing a new contract until 2021.

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Everton appoint Marcel Brands as new Director of Football but sack Steve Walsh

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Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has made changes at the top.

Everton‘s summer restructuring is under way after manager Sam Allardyce was sacked and PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands arrived to replace director of football Steve Walsh.

Both departures were expected as the pair paid the price for poor performance on the field and disappointing business off it, after the biggest transfer spend in the club’s history – almost £200million – backfired.

Brands spent eight years at PSV and signed players like Georginio Wijnaldum, Kevin Strootman and Dries Mertens relatively cheaply. He will be tasked with the search for a new manager along with new chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale and deputy chairman Keith Harris, whose promotions were only announced on Tuesday evening.

Marco Silva is the favourite to take over after a failed bid to secure him from Watford in November.

The Portuguese was sacked in January with Watford stating the catalyst for their slump in results was Everton’s “unwarranted approach” which they felt contributed to a significant deterioration in focus.

Press Association Sport understands should Everton ultimately appoint Silva they anticipate having to pay Watford substantial compensation, having had their £12million offer rejected six months ago.

Brands will have a big say in that appointment and the future direction of the club.

Brands said: “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite.

“It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our motivation each and every day.

“Now we will look to build something really strong and lasting here at Everton.”

With a clean slate in key positions, major shareholder Farhad Moshiri will hope for more stability in a long-term plan and much better results, having already sacked three managers in Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Allardyce at considerable cost in the space of barely two years.

Allardyce was an unpopular choice with fans from the start but, having failed to lure Silva from Watford to replace Koeman, Moshiri took a pragmatic decision and went with chairman Bill Kenwright’s recommendation to steer the club away from any potential relegation trouble.

The decision – Everton were actually 13th, five points clear of the bottom three by the time Allardyce took charge – has been debated ever since.

Allardyce guided the club to eighth in the Premier League but the atmosphere at Goodison Park had become so toxic as fan discontent grew that he has been jettisoned with 12 months still remaining on his contract, which is likely to cost Everton a further £6million.

Later on Wednesday Walsh was also dispensed with after just under two years’ service, with last summer’s transfer business and particularly the failure to find a proven goalscorer when Romelu Lukaku was sold costing him his job.

Allardyce’s backroom staff of assistant manager Sammy Lee, first-team coach Craig Shakespeare and goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson have also been released from their contracts.

“Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that,” said Barrett-Baxendale.

“However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately.”

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