Mikel Arteta ‘replacement’ issues Arsenal apology as silence broken on Gunners switch rumours

The Brazilian head coach was rumoured to be under consideration for a switch to the Emirates Stadium as a successor for Mikel Arteta but has now distanced himself from the role

Brazil head coach Tite has slammed rumours of a move to Arsenal as ‘fake news’ and sent an apology to both the Gunners and current boss Mikel Arteta. The 60-year-old has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium over recent weeks, with reports suggesting that he was being considered as a potential replacement for the Spaniard in north London.

Whether that was succession planning by Arsenal or not remains to be seen, but it appeared to be a strange move considering the excellent work that Arteta has done at the Emirates Stadium this campaign. Nevertheless, the Gunners appear to have disputed the claims with the club apparently breaking rank by stating there is ‘nothing’ in the suggestions that Tite was set for a move to north London.

Now, the Copa America winner has also rejected the suggestions in a passionate apology to the club.

Speaking to Goal ahead of Brazil’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Bolivia, he said: “Sorry, Arsenal. Sorry, Arteta. It is not a situation. It didn’t come from us. No, there is absolutely nothing.

“At a time of so much ‘fake news’, information that is not true makes me sad and I hope that this is corrected. My family can rest easy because I have dignity and great respect for the Brazilian team.

“My feeling is very sad and I get sad because information is passed to the public that is a lie.

“I tell people who feel identified with me to be calm, because Tite has a personal attitude that values his professional activity and knows of the responsibility with the Brazilian team.”

Despite having endured a few rocky periods during his time as Arsenal boss, Arteta now appears secure in his current position. The former midfielder has the Gunners challenging for a place back in the Champions League next season with his side sitting fourth in the Premier League as it stands.

His current deal at the Emirates Stadium is set to expire at the end of next season but football.london understands that talks are set to open over an extended contract.