Arsenal have made the appointment of former captain, Mikel Arteta, as head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal official.

The 37-year-old who won the FA Cup twice in a five-year career with the Gunners was appointed to replace fellow Spaniard, Unai Emery who was sacked in November.

Arteta worked as part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff in Manchester City after retiring as a player in 2016.

Arteta played for Scottish Premiership side Rangers before joining Real Sociedad in 2004. Then he spent six years in Everton making 209 appearances before he joined Arsenal in 2011.

The Spaniard will take over from Freddie Ljungberg who lead the Gunners team in premier league match against Everton on Sunday.

“We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game,” Arteta said.

“That’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with [owners] Stan and Josh Kroenke and the senior people from the club.”

“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it,” added Arteta.

“I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight, but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”

Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi said the Premier League club met “several top-class candidates” before choosing Arteta as Emery’s replacement.

The coaching team has not been announced yet.

Meanwhile, Arsenal is currently 10th in Premier League.