Arsenal hope to finalise their move for Mikel Arteta after Manchester City’s Carabao Cup clash with Oxford United on Wednesday night.
The Gunners have been locked on talks with the 37-year-old throughout the week and are now on the verge of naming their former captain as the replacement for Unai Emery, who was sacked three weeks ago.
Arteta is expected to sign a contract taking him through to 2023 following detailed discussions with the Arsenal hierarchy, including director Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan.
Talks have accelerated this week after managing director Vinai Venkatesham and director of operations Huss Fahmy were pictured emerging from Arteta’s house in the early hours of Monday morning.
City boss Pep Guardiola then confirmed on Tuesday that he was unsure whether his assistant would remain at the Etihad.
“He’s talking with Arsenal and I don’t know what will happen and when but Mikel is an incredible person,” said Guardiola.
“We were so smart to pick him up and now the others want him I’m not surprised.
“He’s a good manager, that’s why he’s done well with us. He’s an adult, he can make up his own mind about what he wants to do.
“I was aware of the meeting with on Sunday night. Mikel has been very honest with me all through this situation but for now he’s still a member of the City staff and part of our group.”