The Spaniard was hired last December to replace Unai Emery as head coach.

But after a summer overhaul at boardroom level, and having led the Gunners to FA Cup and Community Shield success, Arteta has been named first-team manager – in the vein of Emery’s predecessor, Arsene Wenger.

Confirming the move on Thursday night, Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham – whose own job title has changed, having previously been managing director – says it is fully deserved for the work Arteta has done since his arrival.

“Mikel’s been here since the end of December and the last nine months have probably been the most challenging nine months in Arsenal’s history – and we’ve been around for 134 years” Venkatesham said, speaking on Arsenal’s official website.

“Despite all of those challenges, Mikel has been driving this football club forward.