Arteta responds to Barcelona rumours as Arsenal extension talks not underway


Mikel Arteta has played down joining Barcelona saying he is “really enjoying” it at Arsenal – but admitted talks of extending his contract in north London are yet to get underway.

Barcelona will elect a new president on March 7 and Joan Laporta, who is one of three candidates, is reportedly keen on replacing Ronald Koeman with the Gunners boss, should he win the vote.

Arteta, who started his career at Barcelona before joining Rangers, was asked about the speculation in his Wednesday press conference, ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Burnley on Saturday.

The Spaniard said: “There is always going to be speculation when there are elections in Barcelona, it’s a huge team.



Mikel Arteta has played down joining Barcelona saying he is "really enjoying" it at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta has played down joining Barcelona saying he is “really enjoying” it at Arsenal

“Obviously I was raised there as a player and there is always going to be links. But I am fully focused to the job that I have to do here, which we have a lot to do, and I am really enjoying it.

“Today and tomorrow I am the manager of Arsenal Football Club and I am really enjoying it. And I want to do much better than what we have done.”

Arteta took over from Unai Emery as Arsenal boss in 2019, and he has two years remaining on his current deal.



Arteta admitted talks of extending his contract in north London are yet to get underway
Arteta admitted talks of extending his contract in north London are yet to get underway

When asked if talks are underway to extend his stay in north London, the Spaniard added: “No.

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“We are in the middle of the season, we have a lot to play for and at the moment it is not a priority. I think that’s OK. I still have a contract here. I am happy here and I don’t think it is something urgent.”





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