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Mikel Arteta hints at a possible return to Spain in the future

Mikel Arteta has hinted at a possible return to Spain during his managerial career but is currently focused on winning titles with Arsenal

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Mikel Arteta remains confident that Arsenal can still clinch the Premier League title, despite Manchester City’s recent victory over Tottenham. He also hinted at a possible return to Spain in the future.

Arsenal’s hopes of securing their first title in 20 years took a hit on Tuesday evening as Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Tottenham pushed them two points ahead at the top of the table with just one game left to play. 

City are set to face a struggling West Ham team, which have conceded 43 goals in away matches this season—only Luton Town (48) and Sheffield United (47) have conceded more, both having played one more game.

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For Arsenal to win the title, they must beat Everton and hope that City falters against West Ham. A draw for City would be enough for Arsenal to secure the title, thanks to their superior goal difference.

Despite the setback from City’s win, Arteta remains hopeful. Speaking at the Spanish Embassy on Wednesday evening, where he received The Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic, Arteta was asked if the honour could be a positive sign. 

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He responded, “Maybe it’s the signal that we just needed, especially after what happened last night. But we have a beautiful day ahead of us on Sunday and hopefully, the magic can happen. We have to do our part and know what we need to be champions, and let’s do that.”

Arteta emphasised the excitement of fighting for the title until the last day, adding, “This is the nice part, fighting for the title until the last day. It will be the first time that the Premier League trophy will be there waiting at the Emirates since it was built, with red ribbons on it, because if we win and they don’t, it’s ours.”

Arteta, whose contract with Arsenal expires in the summer of 2025, has been linked with a potential move to Barcelona. He revealed his desire to manage in Spain one day, though he is currently content in North London. 

“I have always thought that one day I will return. My home draws me a lot, our way of living, of getting together, the culture—and that means I always have it in my head. But I am happy here [at Arsenal], happy with how they treat me, and I really enjoy my job. But someday I suppose it will come; I’m not going to be away for my whole life,” Mikel Arteta said.

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