Arteta speaks on becoming Barcelona’s new manager

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Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted he is “fully focused” on managing the club and “extremely happy” at the Emirates.

This comes amid speculation that he is a managerial target for Barcelona.

The LaLiga club will hold its presidential elections on Sunday and candidate Joan Laporta, has reportedly identified Arteta as a potential replacement for Ronald Koeman.

Arteta came through Barcelona’s academy, but departed in 2002 without making an appearance for the club.

The 38-year-old also honed his coaching methods at Manchester City under former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, whom Laporta appointed in 2008.

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, and 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.”

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.”

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