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Gerard Pique says influential Arsenal man would be perfect for Barcelona

Gerard Pique believes that the man who has transformed Arsenal in the last few years would be a good fit at Barcelona.

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Gerard Pique has weighed in on the speculation surrounding Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta potentially taking the reins at Barcelona at the end of the season.

Current manager and club legend Xavi Hernandez announced that he will step down his position at the end of season, citing issues of his work not being respected enough from the hierarchy at the Camp Nou.

The Catalan club are scratching their heads for a suitable replacement and the Arsenal manager fits the bill and will undoubtedly thrive in his homeland albeit the club currently in financial crisis.

Pique, a stalwart figure at Barcelona, expressed his thoughts on the matter in an interview with The Times, highlighting Arteta as one of the leading contenders to fill the managerial vacancy.

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Gerard Pique says Mikel Arteta will be a good fit at Barcelona (Image credit: Getty Images)

“To manage Barça you need to be a specific type of coach and to understand the way Barça play, so the options are much less,” Pique explained. “The obvious ones are [Pep] Guardiola, because he had his past here, and he is the best coach right now, and [Arsenal’s Mikel] Arteta. He would be a good one also. He understands Barcelona and played for Barça in the past.”

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However, despite the allure of managing a club as prestigious as Barcelona, Pique acknowledged that Arteta’s current position at Arsenal, where he has made significant strides, might dissuade him from pursuing the opportunity at this juncture. 

Under Arteta’s guidance, Arsenal have shown promising signs of progress, prompting the club to consider offering him a new contract to ensure continuity.

Arteta, who undoubtedly holds affection for Barcelona, may harbour ambitions of managing the club one day. Yet, with Arsenal seemingly on an upward trajectory and Barcelona’s managerial role historically fraught with instability, the timing might not be optimal for Arteta to make the leap.

Barcelona’s managerial position remains an attractive prospect for many in the football world, but with uncertainties surrounding the club’s future and Arteta’s promising tenure at Arsenal, the stars might not align for a move to Camp Nou this summer.

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