​Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta could face a series of intense interviews from the Arsenal hierarchy if he wants to become the Gunners' permanent boss.

Arteta is one of several candidates under consideration for the role, but he is seen as one of the favourites to replace former manager Unai Emery.

Mikel Arteta

​The Telegraph state that Arteta is the 'leading candidate' for the position, but he would have to go through several gruelling interviews with various members of the club's hierarchy if he is to land the job.

Described as an 'Apprentice-style interview', head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu are expected to pair up to grill various candidates with a number of different meetings, before owner Stan Kroenke and son Josh lead their own talks to settle on a winner.

Arteta is understood to be keen on making the move, but it seems as though he still has plenty of work to do before the role is officially his.

Current interim boss Freddie Ljungberg is also on ​Arsenal's shortlist, but his initial struggles to help the team recover from their poor start to the season have left some club officials fearing he may not be the perfect candidate.

Another man in Arsenal's sights is former ​Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has travelled back home to digest his exit from Spurs, but he told ​TyC Sports that he will soon return to London to look for a new role.

"I will spend a few days here with my family and friends and then I will return to London next week," he revealed. 

Mauricio Pochettino

"There I will have time to think. A moment of tranquillity is necessary to lower the decibels and find the energy to face a new project, and we'll see where that project is."

The Gunners have fallen to tenth in the ​Premier League, having failed to win any of their last nine games in all competitions. Ljungberg has picked up just one point from his opening two matches, leaving Arsenal ten points way from the top four.

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