Mikel Arteta dismisses rumours about him leaving Arsenal for Barcelona

Recent reports in Spain created speculation that Mikel Arteta was planning to leave Arsenal at the end of the season. However, the Gunners’ boss has strongly brushed off these rumours.

The Spaniard was linked to the Barcelona job following Xavi’s decision to step down as head coach, but the manager himself has denied these claims.

“No. That’s totally fake news,” Arteta said.

“I don’t know where it is coming from, it’s totally untrue and I’m very upset about it.

“I could not believe it. It has no sources. You have to be cautious when you write things in the way it was yesterday.

He added: “I’m in the right place and I feel good about it. I’m embracing a journey with this club and there’s a long way still to go. I have a strong relationship with the board.

“Things come in a natural way. When the time is right we will have those [contract] discussions and find the best way to deal with it.

“I’m cautious when I talk publicly about my personal things. I don’t think anyone deserves to hear that in news like that. I have always been straight and said the opposite. I’m so happy where I am now.”

As the Gunners prepare for their upcoming fixture against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League , Arteta’s comments provide assurance regarding his commitment to the club’s future. His emphasis on being in the “right place” hints at a positive relationship between him and the club.

Get Football | Ewan Minns

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