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Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta ‘Pours Cold Water On Barcelona Rumours’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has insisted that he is “extremely happy” in North London amid links with the Barcelona job.

Reports from Spain had claimed that La Blaugrana have identified the 40-year-old as an ideal candidate to take control of the reins upon Xavi’s departure in the future.

Xavi is not expected to leave Camp Nou for at least a few seasons yet, but it has been reported that Barcelona view Arteta as a potential successor in several years to come.

The Spaniard has led Arsenal to the top of the Premier League table with 31 points from 12 games this term after winning the FA Cup and Community Shield in his first half-season in charge.

Arteta was rewarded for his efforts with a new contract until 2025 back in May, and he affirmed that he has no plans to leave Arsenal during his pre-game press conference before Thursday’s Europa League tie with FC Zurich.

The former midfielder was also full of praise for Xavi, claiming that his compatriot is doing a “phenomenal” job at Camp Nou, saying: “What I can say is that I’m extremely happy and proud to be where I am.

“Barcelona now are on a really good path. I think they have a phenomenal coach who is an absolute legend at the club and has lived the whole place. You have to be very respectful of that.”

Arteta has not managed to finish higher than fifth with Arsenal during his time as head coach, placing eighth in 2019-20 and 2020-21 before missing out on Champions League qualification last term.

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