How Mikel Arteta went from coaching Wales U16 to Arsenal manager
20 December 2019

How Mikel Arteta went from coaching Wales U16 to Arsenal manager

By Gareth Rogers

Mikel Arteta has been confirmed as Arsenal manager and is the latest FAW UEFA Pro Licence coach to take a Premier League top job.

The Spaniard, who was a terrace hero at Arsenal and Everton, joins fellow FAW educated coach, Chris Wilder, of Sheffield United, at English football’s top table. 

When the stylish midfielder first turned-up at Dragon Park, to start the 2015 FAW UEFA A Licence course, he was still an important Arsenal player.


But, as part of his A Licence learning, the Basque born star came to Dragon Park in November 2015, to coach the Wales U16 squad which went on to win the Victory Shield, inspired by current senior internationala Ethan Ampadu and Rabbi Matondo. 

Once he’d completed his UEFA A Licence course, Arteta joined former Arsenal teammates Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg in the Pro Licence cohort of 2017.

Also on that course was Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool assistant Pep Ljinders, Newport County manager Mike Flynn and Connah’s Quay Nomads boss Andy Morrison. 


Throughout this time, Arteta continued to cut his coaching teeth at Arsenal Academy, where his work helped him complete the requirements of the FAW UEFA Pro Licence. 

Once he retired from playing, the former Spain U21 international joined-up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

In January 2017, the Man City assistant manager welcomed his fellow FAW Pro Licence students to the Etihad Stadium to watch the 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur and observe training sessions and presentations led by Guardiola and his staff. 

Arteta also delivered practical and theory sessions at the FAW National Coaches Conference in 2016 and 2017.