Mikel Arteta is expected to be named as Arsenal’s new manager on Friday.
Arteta 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, succeeding Unai Emery.
A seven-figure compensation payment will be made in order for the move to be completed.
Thursday’s news conference previewing the game against Everton was cancelled.