Mikel Arteta considering management

Mikel Arteta
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Spaniard Mikel Arteta reveals that he has given a career in coaching some thought.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has admitted that he has given thought to going into management once he ends his playing career.

At 30 years old, the Spanish midfielder still believes that he has plenty of time left on the pitch.

However, when the time comes for him to hang up his boots, Arteta has refused to rule out the possibility of a career in coaching.

"I don't know [if I will be a manager], it's a big thing nowadays because it's really demanding," he told the club's official website.

"I think the job has changed a lot in the last few years - you can see the stress and the responsibility managers have. Sometimes people don't recognise that. To manage a group of players nowadays with 10 or 15 different countries involved with different personalities is a difficult thing to do.

"I have thought about it a lot and we will see what happens one day. It's still early for that [decision]. Obviously you're starting to get a few things from different managers and players and a key thing is they can help.

"Sometimes on the pitch as well you think about things that can be done better or in a different way, or how you play depending on if you're winning and drawing and what the team needs to do."

Arteta joined the Gunners from Everton in August 2011.

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