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“I’m Fully Focused On Arsenal” Arteta Denies Barçelona Job

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has denied a rumoured potential job as Barcelona manager, insisting that he is happy at the Emirates Stadium.

Barcelona will hold their presidential election on Sunday and candidate Joan Laporta, who is the favourite to be elected for a second stint at the Nou Camp, has reportedly identified Arteta as a potential replacement for current Barca boss Ronald Koeman.

Arteta was a product of Barcelona’s academy but left in 2002 without making an appearance for the club.

The 38-year-old was an assistant coach to former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, who was appointed by LaPorta in 2008, at Manchester City.

But Arteta dismissed Catalan radio reports he could take charge of the Spanish giants, saying: “There is always going to be speculation when there are elections in Barcelona. It’s a huge team and obviously I was raised there as a player, and they’re always going to be linked.

“But I’m fully focused on the job that I have to do here. We have a lot to do and I’m really enjoying it.

“I feel privileged to manage this football club and I’m extremely happy.”

Asked whether he could manage Barcelona one day in the future, he responded: “Today and tomorrow I am the manager of Arsenal Football Club and I’m really enjoying it and I want to do much better than what we’ve done.”

Arteta, who won the FA Cup at the end of his first season in charge, was appointed Arsenal boss in December 2019 and will have two years left on his current deal at the end of this campaign.

Asked whether new contract negotiations have begun with the club, he replied: “No. We are in the middle of the season, we have a lot to play for and at the moment it’s not a priority.

“I still have my contract here and I’m happy here, and I don’t think it’s something urgent.”

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