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Mikel Arteta rejects Barcelona job as he’s set to commit future to Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has denied reports linking him with a move to Barcelona after Xavi Hernandez announced he will step down at the end of the season.

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In the wake of Xavi Hernandez’s announcement of his departure from Barcelona at the end of the season, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta finds himself at the center of speculation regarding a potential move to Camp Nou.

Xavi’s decision to step down came after Barcelona’s disappointing 5-3 defeat at home to Villarreal, where they conceded twice in added time at the Nou Camp, leaving them 11 points behind LaLiga leaders Girona.

Numerous reports in Spain have linked Arteta to a potential move to Barcelona, fueled by speculation that he may consider stepping down in the summer. Spanish publication Diario AS reported that Arteta had expressed openness to leaving the Emirates after the current campaign, amidst ongoing links to the managerial position at Barcelona.

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However, according to Sky Sports News, Mikel Arteta has no intentions of leaving Arsenal at the end of the season. The 41-year-old is under contract with Arsenal until the summer of 2025 and is reportedly on track to renew his contract before the end of the season, signaling his commitment to continue leading the team in North London.

Arteta took on the role of Arsenal manager in 2019, succeeding Unai Emery and assuming a senior managerial position for the first time in his career. Before accepting the Arsenal job, Arteta had been a part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City, transitioning to coaching after retiring from playing in the summer of 2016.

In September 2020, Arteta, having guided Arsenal to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League and securing an FA Cup victory in the previous season, was appointed the first-team manager of the North London club. His managerial journey has seen him win 124 out of 210 matches as Arsenal boss to date.

As a former Arsenal player, Arteta had a successful five-year career with the Gunners, winning the FA Cup twice. During this period, he made 150 appearances for Arsenal, captaining the side in the latter part of his tenure. Now, as both a former player and successful manager, Arteta appears poised to extend his commitment to Arsenal amid the recent speculations linking him to Barcelona.

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