Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has emphatically denied rumors linking him to a move to Barcelona at the end of the season, calling the speculation "totally fake news" and expressing his upset over the reports. Arteta, who came through Barcelona's La Masia youth academy, asserted his commitment to Arsenal, stating that he is in the right place with the right people.
The 41-year-old coach, whose contract with Arsenal runs until summer 2025, mentioned that discussions about a contract extension will happen naturally when the time is right. Despite reported interest from Barcelona and Manchester City, Arteta expressed uncertainty about managing another English club at this moment.
Sources indicate that Arsenal is relaxed about Arteta's commitment despite contract talks not yet being initiated. The manager emphasized his happiness and gratitude for his current position with Arsenal, where he has been in charge since December 2019.
Arteta, who spent three years as a coach under Pep Guardiola, did not rule out the possibility of managing another club in England in the future but stated that he is focused on his current journey with Arsenal. In terms of team news, Thomas Partey is still recovering from a hamstring injury, while Declan Rice and Gabriel hope to return from slight muscle strains.