Arteta Expected To Be Announced As New Arsenal Manager

Mikel Arteta is expected to be named as Arsenal’s permanent head coach – but what are the qualities that have seen him move into pole position for the job? Arteta is in advanced talks to become the permanent successor to Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium. Talks between Arsenal and Manchester City are ongoing and progressing well, with City boss Pep Guardiola expecting Arteta to make a quick decision over his future. Arteta is about to become Arsenal head coach 18 months after he was first interviewed for the job. He came very close to being appointed in the summer of 2018 after Arsene Wenger left but at the last minute, Arsenal decided to give the job to Unai Emery instead.

Arteta’s appointment will receive a mixed reception from Arsenal fans. Many are concerned by his lack of managerial experience, others are more open to the idea of bringing in a former Arsenal captain to rebuild the playing side of the club. As far as the Arsenal board are concerned, they have long been impressed with Arteta and it was only a last-minute change of heart that saw Emery appointed ahead of him 18 months ago. Arteta fits the bill because he is an outstanding young coach who has played for Arsenal and knows what it means to play for and represent the club. He has worked under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for three years and, like Guardiola, came through the Barcelona system as a player. He has played an important part in making City one of the best sides in the world. He works closely with individual players and has been credited with playing a key role in the development of young players such as Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.

Arteta wants the Arsenal job and he will cost a lot less in compensation and wages than other big-name managers. Arsenal are expected to pay City less than £1m and Arteta’s estimated annual salary of £5m is less than half what managers such as Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp earn. Arteta’s ability to speak English fluently is also an important factor in his appointment. Emery struggled to communicate effectively with the media and fans and Arsenal were determined to make sure their new manager was a good English speaker. It also helps that Arteta speaks Spanish when it comes to dealing with club executives such as head of football Raul Sanllehi. Manchester City’s current manager Pep Guardiola. In an interview with my colleague Geoff Shreeves, Pep said he’d definitely be a candidate to replace him at City, and in recent weeks has made no secret of the high esteem he holds his No 2 in.

How to Enjoy Sports in the Outdoors

If you’re going to get fit and active, then you may as well have some fun doing it. While you can get healthy by spending a few hours in the gym each week, the truth is that it’s not always so enjoyable to be there: indeed, could it be considered a little boring? We’d argue so. So find an activity that you love, and if possible, make it something that you can do in the outdoors. This will give you the added benefit of all the good things that the outdoors can provide, including a boost in your mood. Below, we take a look at some tried and tested that’ll have you loving your activity in nature.

Find Your Activity

First, you’ll want to find your activity. There’s no shortage of great activities to do in the great outdoors. Do you want to take up cycling, or hiking, or perhaps winter sports like cross country skiing are more your thing? Before settling on one activity, try a few. You don’t want to invest years doing one sport only to, later on, try another and find that you should have been doing that activity all along.

Get the Gear

Gyms do have a couple of big benefits; they have showers, they’re warm, there’s water on tap, and so on. When you’re going off into the outdoors, you’ll need to provide for yourself. It’s a foolish person that goes into the outdoors when they’re not fully prepared. The more ambitious you become with your activity, the more activity you’ll need. Seasonal clothing will be a must, as will water bottles and the like. It’s also important to be aware in case you find yourself in difficult situations. A rechargeable spotlight will come in very handy, and you might want to consider a satellite phone too if you’re going into potentially dangerous environments. You’ll likely slowly accrue these items as you get more into your hobby.

Embrace Some Discomfort

When you first begin your new hobby, you’ll likely have grand expectations of being out there when it’s a beautiful day, with blue skies and the perfect temperature. But that’s not going to happen every time. There’ll be times when you’re out there when the rain is battering down, or it’s freezing cold. If you want to make your hobby a long-term part of your life, then you’ll have to embrace some discomfort — and know that you’ll have to call it a day from time to time.

Find A Clan

You can make your new hobbies even more enjoyable by finding a clan of people who are also into the activity. There’s a lot of fun going out into the outdoors with like-minded people — they’ll make the before, during, and after extra fun. If there’s no-one in your friend group that has any interest, then look elsewhere. Websites like meetup.com and Facebook groups can connect you with people — and this can also be especially useful when you’re just starting the activity and need some guidance.

Get the Gear

Gyms do have a couple of big benefits; they have showers, they’re warm, there’s water on tap, and so on. When you’re going off into the outdoors, you’ll need to provide for yourself. It’s a foolish person that goes into the outdoors when they’re not fully prepared. The more ambitious you become with your activity, the more activity you’ll need. Seasonal clothing will be a must, as will water bottles and the like. Don’t forget to make sure that you have eaten properly before you start so that you have enough energy to get you through. It might be that you just need a protein shake or supplement such as beta-alanine to keep you going. It’s also important to be aware in case you find yourself in difficult situations. A rechargeable spotlight will come in very handy, and you might want to consider a satellite phone too if you’re going into potentially dangerous environments. You’ll likely slowly accrue these items as you get more into your hobby.