Mikel Arteta is expected to be named as Arsenal’s new manager later today, BBC Sports reports.
It is understood that the Spaniard said his farewells to staff at Manchester City on Thursday morning.
There has been annoyance at City over Arsenal’s conduct but they will not stop Arteta, 37, from succeeding his fellow Spaniard, Unai Emery.
A seven-figure compensation payment is expected to be made in order for the move to be completed.
Arsenal failed to mention their interest in Arteta despite the two teams meeting at Emirates Stadium on Sunday – a game the champions won 3-0.
But Gunners chief executive Vinai Venkatesham was pictured outside the Spaniard’s home several hours later.
Interim boss Freddie Ljungberg is expected to take charge of the team for the final time at Goodison Park on Saturday, with Arteta watching from the stands.