Mikel Arteta

Arteta Refutes Barcelona Rumors, Committed to Arsenal’s Premier League Aspirations

30 January, 2024

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has categorically dismissed speculations of his departure to Barcelona, labeling these rumors as “fake news”. The buzz began following reports in Spain, suggesting Arteta’s imminent return to his alma mater, Barcelona, at the season’s end. 

This came after current Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez announced stepping down due to unsatisfactory results. Arteta, a product of Barcelona’s renowned academy, was naturally linked to the position. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet. 

However, Arteta, 41, firmly quashed these claims in a press conference. His dedication to Arsenal is unwavering, as he aims to steer the team towards its first Premier League title since 2004. 

“I am in the right place. I am with the right people,” Arteta asserted, emphasizing his commitment to Arsenal’s journey. He expressed his discontent with the baseless Barcelona story, particularly as Arsenal preps for their next Premier League match against Nottingham Forest.

“That’s totally fake news…I am really upset about it,” Arteta remarked, denying any such developments. He criticized the lack of authenticity in the reports and reiterated his contentment and ambition at Arsenal. Arteta’s vision is clear – to propel the club to new heights, a goal shared by the entire team.

Intriguingly, this news coincides with Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp’s shocking revelation of his end-of-season departure. Klopp’s exit sets up an intriguing last matchup between him and Arteta, as Arsenal gears up to host Premier League leaders Liverpool. 

While Klopp ruled out managing another English club, Arteta, a former assistant under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and ex-player for Arsenal and Everton, remained open about his future in the league.

Arteta lauded Klopp’s influence in the Premier League, praising his character, passion, and contribution to the league’s growth. As for his own future, Arteta, acknowledging his youth, kept options open: “Today, no. But I don’t know.”

As Arsenal prepares for its crucial clash with Liverpool, the focus remains firmly on their current Premier League campaign. With Arteta at the helm, dismissing distractions, Arsenal looks poised to continue their pursuit of glory, grounded in stability and a clear vision for the future. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports