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Mikel Arteta faces Pep Guardiola issue at Arsenal as backroom staff contract situation explained

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has worked well with assistants Miguel Molina and Carlos Cuesta
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Arsenal and Mikel Arteta will continue discussions over his future with the will of the club to sign the Spaniard up to a new long-term deal to continue the project he has worked so hard on for nearly five years. An FA Cup is all he has to show for his efforts in terms of silverware but there is confidence that will grow in the very near future.

Speaking ahead of the final game of the season, Arteta said: “What is important is to win now, to keep believing that we can continue to win. That’s the important thing.

“Whatever happens, it will be very emotional on the day [against Everton]. It’s probably not the right moment to make any conclusions but afterwards, we will have time to reflect.”

Arteta has gone through changes of his backroom staff since he came to the club as Steve Round left, while Hussein Isa was brought in as a new attacking-phase coach last summer which has clearly had an impact with the club recording a record 91-goal haul last season in the league.

Some consistent figures in his backroom staff have included Spanish pair Miguel Molina and Carlos Cuesta. The latter has impressed with his contributions and has already seen links to other clubs over head coach roles such as Norwich City and more recently Leicester City too.

Arteta was quick when asked in the season about the prospect of members of his team leaving. "If that’s their will? You cannot [stop them],” he said when asked if he’d prevent them from moving on. “I wouldn’t, no.

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"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. 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."

There had been claims that both Cuesta and Molina’s deals would expire this summer. However, football.london has been told that both deals will run out at the same time as Arteta, in the summer of 2025.

This gives time for the club and the coaches to assess what the next steps to take are. Arsenal have been linked with former Manchester United player Gabriel Heinze but there has been no new developments on that so far.

It is not uncommon for coaches to lose key members of staff. Arteta famously departed Pep Guardiola's team at Manchester City to join Arsenal. Enzo Maresca, the expected new head coach of Chelsea, also left City to join Leicester City before earning them promotion back to the Premier League.

Arteta is sure to face these challenges as so many managers before him have. The priority however for the club itself will be the future of Arteta himself, and ensuring he remains in north London for the foreseeable future.