Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has claimed that he is now happy to have missed out on the Gunners job following Arsene Wenger departure in the summer.

The Manchester City assistant manager was the favourite to take over from his former boss Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

But the Gunners board have instead decided to pick out former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery.

However, the former Arsenal captain admitted that he is currently enjoying to be Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager at the Etihad Stadium.

“In football, it’s so hard to predict things. When things happen, you have to make decisions, sometimes you don’t have time to make them,” Arteta told reporters at a press conference.

“The decision was made and I’m so happy the decision was made. I’m very privileged to be where I am. I feel very fulfilled with the job I’m doing at the moment. If you ask me the question if, one day in the future, I will be a coach, the answer is probably ‘yes’.”

“But I’m really happy where I am and really enjoying the moment I’m living. We have a fantastic momentum and there’s still a lot of room for this club to grow – so I am very pleased with where I am.”

“I didn’t talk on [the Arsenal speculation] two or three months ago and I didn’t make a statement. And I don’t think today is the day to talk about it. You all know something happened but the reality is I’m here and I’m very happy.”

Arteta, who started his managerial career on 3 July 2016 following his retirement as a player at the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Spaniard was appointed to join Manchester City as a joint assistant coach, alongside fellow co-assistants Brian Kidd and Domènec Torrent.

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