Mikel Arteta ‘has no plans to leave Arsenal’ despite out-of-the-blue claims in Spain he is ready to quit this summer as Barcelona look for Xavi replacement
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Mikel Arteta has no plans to leave Arsenal this summer, despite a sensational report in Spain claiming he could walk away at the end of the season.
Sporta publication based in Catalonia, claimed that Arteta had told those close to him that he was considering an early exit from his post.
Sources close to Arsenal have firmly denied there is any truth to the Catalan press reports, but Arteta is committed to managing the Gunners.
Barcelona are looking for a new manager this summer to replace Xavi and have close links with Sport, who claim Joan Laporta is a big fan of Arteta.
Arteta has been linked with a contract that runs until 2025, with the Gunners challenging for the Premier League title and the Champions League as the season nears its climax.
Reports in Catalan outlet Sport have suggested that Mikel Arteta could leave Arsenal this season
Barcelona are looking for a new manager next season with Xavi set to retire
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Arteta took charge at Arsenal in 2019 after leaving his role as Pep Guardiola’s trusted number 2 at Manchester City. He won three trophies during his spell in North London – the FA Cup and the Community Shield twice.
The Spaniard also led Arsenal to a sensational Premier League title charge last season and secured their return to the Champions League.
Arteta progressed through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy before struggling for opportunities and joining Rangers in 2002 in a deal worth £6million.
Xavi announced that he will be leaving Barcelona shortly after their 5-3 defeat to Villarreal.
Arteta (right) is under contract with Arsenal until the end of next season
The Spaniard played for Barcelona B team for three seasons between 1999 and 2002
Speaking after the match, he said: ‘Before you ask me the relevant questions, I want to announce that from June 30 I will not continue as Barca coach.
“We talked about it with Laporta and with the sports area and, as a clue, I think that the club needs a change of dynamic. When I think about the club and the players, I think they will free themselves and be calmer.
‘I think as a clubman, “The best thing is to leave on June 30.” That said, I will give my best in the remaining four months, I think we can have a good season and I hope the dynamic changes.’
Arteta, who managed 211 games at Arsenal and won 121 of them, may now be seen as a strong contender to step in to replace Xavi.