Arteta brushes off Barca link

03 March 2021 22:58:20 GMTPlus10

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has played down talk of him taking charge at Barcelona, following recent speculation about his future.

Arteta says he is "fully focused" on managing the Gunners and "extremely happy" at the Emirates, after emerging as a potential managerial target for the Catalan giants.

I'm fully focused on the job that I have to do here.

Mikel Arteta

The Spanish club will hold its presidential elections on Sunday and candidate Joan Laporta - who is the favourite to be elected for a second stint at the Nou Camp helm - has reportedly identified Arteta as a potential replacement for current boss Ronald Koeman.

But Arteta, who honed his managerial skills as assistant to former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, has dismissed recent reports on a Catalan radio station and confirmed that he is fully focused on his role at the Emirates.

He said: "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, they're always going to be linked.

"But I'm fully focused on the job that I have to do here, which 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", he added.

Asked whether he could manage Barca 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 won the FA Cup in his first year in charge of Arsenal last season but the Gunners were knocked out of this year's competition by Southampton.

The Gunners are 1001.00 to secure a top-four league finish this season and 51.00 to finish in the top six, while they are 5.00 to win the Europa League.

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