Prospective Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is said to be lining-up Brentford goalkeeping coach Inaki Pavon to join him at the Emirates Stadium.
Following Unai Emery’s dismissal as Arsenal manager last month, the Gunners are closing in on Manchester City’s no.2, and former Gunners captain Mikel Arteta.
The Spaniard, now 37-years-old, is said to be finalising a deal to become the club’s new manager and has reportedly drawn up a list of coaches that he wants to bring with him – one of them being Brentford’s Pavon.
He joined the West London club from Danish Superliga side FC Nordsjaelland in the summer of last year and has worked with a number of Spanish clubs, including the Barcelona youth academy where he started his career as a goalkeeper.
It’s expected that Arteta will prise him away from Griffin Park to work with the club’s current goalkeeping coach, Sal Bibbo.
Arteta is also said to be lining-up his fellow assistant at the Etihad, Rodolfo Borrell and out-of-work manager Domenec Torrent, who left Manchester City in 2018 to replace Gunners legend Patrick Viera at New York Red Bulls.
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Brentford are enjoying a fine campaign in the Championship under Thomas Frank this season and look a good bet for a top-six spot come May.
There’s a lot of good work going on at Brentford at the moment and Frank won’t want any of that to change – they’ve got a new stadium and the possibility of Premier League football to look forward to, but if Arsenal come calling then it’ll be hard for Pavon to turn it down.