What do Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta all have in common?
They’ve all swapped Arsenal for Manchester City, and Arteta is the latest to make the switch to Manchester, after agreeing to become part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff next season.
Guardiola takes over after leaving Bayern Munich for a new challenge, and sees Arteta as the perfect man to fill a role as part of his staff.
The former Everton midfielder is expected to become either a first team coach or Pep’s assistant at the Etihad, and City have eyes on using his links to make a move for John Stones.
Using Arteta’s legendary status at Goodison Park to smooth negotiations, City will move for Stones as they look to strengthen a defence that cost them a serious title challenge last season.
The 34-year-old is tipped to become a top manager in his own right, and turned down a late offer from Tottenham Hotspur for a similar role.
Arsenal also made a late bid to keep Arteta on, but he had already made his mind up to link up with Guardiola, who he knows from his time at Barcelona.
Who knows, if it all goes well, Arteta could be managing one of City’s ‘sister’ teams, just like Vieira is these days…