Mikel Arteta responds to Norwich’s interest in Arsenal assistant manager


Carlos Cuesta became Mikel Arteta’s assistant at Arsenal last summer (Photo: Getty)

Mikel Arteta says he would not stand in the way of his assistant Carlos Cuesta leaving Arsenal to become a manager elsewhere.

It was recently reported that Cuesta had emerged as a top target for Championship side Norwich City should they sack David Wagner.

The Canaries greatly admire the 28-year-old though they may hold off on making a move if they get promoted back to the Premier League, with the club currently seventh and only out of the play-offs on goal difference.

Regardless, it is said that Cuesta is open to the idea of going into management at Carrow Road, having played a key role in helping Arteta transform Arsenal into the title contenders they are today.

But despite the coach’s importance to him, Arteta says he would have no issue if his No.2 decided to leave the Emirates.

‘If that’s their will? You cannot [stop them]. I wouldn’t, no,’ he said when discussing the matter in his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Burnley on Saturday.

‘It’s very important, and with the staff as well. I think everybody needs to feel that there is a path, there is a development plan for everyone.

Norwich are considering replacing David Wagner with Cuesta (Photo: Getty)

‘People don’t want to do the same thing for three, four, five years you know, and there is a way to incentivise people, to inspire other people, and then to explore.

‘Because you don’t really know the limit of a person unless you expose him to certain things. I think curiosity is a really important quality that we have within our young staff, and that thrives.

‘We all need opportunities. I got an opportunity when I didn’t have any experience in coaching, first of all at Man City and then here, and I’m very grateful for that.’

Arteta himself was assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City before leaving in 2019 for te top job at Arsenal, with Cuesta joining his backroom staff shortly afterward.

‘So obviously it is our responsibility, my responsibility, when you see talent, when you see that level of passion and enthusiasm in people, to give them the chance as well to show what they can deliver,’ Arteta added.

‘When other clubs try to get them it’s a really good sign that they’re doing a really good job and that we have the right people here.’

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