Mikel Arteta responds to Barcelona speculation: I’m fully focused on managing Arsenal
Barcelona 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, has reportedly identified Arteta as a potential replacement for current Barca boss Ronald Koeman.
Arteta was a product of Barcelona’s academy but left in 2002 without making an appearance for the club, and the 38-year-old also honed his coaching methods at City under former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, whom Laporta appointed in 2008.
But Arteta dismissed Catalan radio reports he could take charge of the Spanish giants, saying: “There is always going to be speculation when there are elections in Barcelona. “But I’m fully focused on the job that I have to do here. We have a lot to do and I’m really enjoying it.”