Mikel Arteta wants six backroom staff at Arsenal – including one from Man City

Mikel Arteta is looking to get six people on his backroom staff at Arsenal as he sets about building his own foundations.

The former Gunners player was appointed Unai Emery's successor on Friday and was in the stands for their draw at Everton.

He took charge of his first training session on Sunday and will take his managerial bow on Boxing Day against Bournemouth.

And already he's got plans to raid his former club Manchester City for their performance analyst Aaron Briggs.

The Premier League champions are already angry at how Arsenal went about approaching their then assistant manager before unveiling him.

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So an attempt to steal Briggs is unlikely to be well met. Nevertheless, he is on a list that includes Brentford's goalkeeping coach Inaka Cana.

Freddie Ljungberg, who led Arsenal temporarily after Emery's departure, is one of two confirmed names alongside Arteta. Steve Round being the other.

A Dutch coach is also in the mix with Arteta trying to get his support team in and around him as soon as possible.

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Despite having no previous experience in management the 37-year-old supposedly "ticked all the boxes" for the north London club, but he will be keen to have as many knowledgable people around him as possible.

The Spaniard will be all too aware of how pivotal the right coaching network is having worked alongside Pep Guardiola for more than three years.

The Catalan has often employed the same people at City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Carles Planchart and Rodolfo Borrell, who has filled the void left by Arteta, have been with Guardiola throughout his career.

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