Arteta expresses frustration over false rumors linking him to succeed Xavi at Barcelona

In a recent news conference, Mikel Arteta dismissed rumors that he is considering leaving Arsenal for Barcelona. He expressed his upset over the reports and reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal, stating that he is in the right place and is invested in the journey with the football club. While his contract with Arsenal expires in summer 2025, Arteta and the club have not yet discussed an extension, but Arteta says that it will happen naturally when the time comes. Additionally, Arteta was asked about the possibility of managing another club in England, to which he responded that he is focused on Arsenal for now but is open to possibilities in the future.

The article also mentions that Thomas Partey is still unavailable due to injury, while Declan Rice and Gabriel hope to return from slight muscle strains for Arsenal’s upcoming game against Nottingham Forest.
Mikel Arteta has dismissed rumors of a potential move from Arsenal to Barcelona as “totally fake news” and expressed his disappointment with the reports. Despite speculation in Spain that Arteta could take over as the manager at the Camp Nou, the 41-year-old coach remains fully committed to Arsenal, according to multiple sources. Arteta emphasized his dedication to Arsenal ahead of the team’s Premier League match against Nottingham Forest, stating that he is in the right place with the right people and is invested in a “beautiful journey” with the club. While Arteta’s contract with Arsenal runs until the summer of 2025, the club is relaxed about initiating talks for an extension. Arteta has also been mentioned as a potential successor to manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, but he remains focused on his current role at Arsenal. Despite ongoing injury concerns with Thomas Partey, Arteta hopes for the return of Declan Rice and Gabriel in the upcoming matches.

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