Mikel Arteta has dismissed experiences linking him with a transfer to Barcelona this summer season, reiterating his dedication to Arsenal.
Reviews in Spain have advised the Gunners boss intends to depart the Emirates Stadium on the finish of the season, with a variety of shops in Spain linking him to the Barcelona job after Xavi announced he would be stepping down as head coach on the Nou Camp in the summertime.
Spanish publication Diario Sport reported the Spaniard had knowledgeable his entourage that he was open to exiting the Emirates following the conclusion of the present marketing campaign, amid ongoing hyperlinks to the put up at Barcelona.
Nonetheless, Sky Sports News reported Arteta had no plans to leave the club and, talking at his press convention on Monday, he insisted he’s within the “proper place” forward of his aspect’s journey to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.
When requested if he was leaving Arsenal in the summertime, Arteta replied: “No. That is completely pretend information,
“I do not know the place it’s coming from, it’s very unfaithful and I am very upset about it.
“I couldn’t consider it. It has no sources. You need to be cautious if you write issues in the best way it was yesterday.”
He added: “I am in the precise place and I be ok with it. I am embracing a journey with this membership and there is a good distance nonetheless to go. I’ve a robust relationship with the board.
“Issues are available a pure manner. When the time is true we could have these [contract] discussions and discover one of the simplest ways to cope with it.
“I am cautious once I discuss publicly about my private issues. I do not assume anybody deserves to listen to that in information like that. I’ve at all times been straight and stated the alternative. I am so joyful the place I’m now.”
Arteta is contracted to Arsenal till the summer season of 2025 however the Spaniard admitted no talks have taken place over a brand new deal in north London.
“I’ve obtained a robust relationship with the board, with Edu, the staff, with possession,” he stated. “Issues are available a pure manner and we have at all times accomplished it that manner and it has been accomplished rather well.
“When the time is true we’ll have these discussions and I will take into consideration one of the simplest ways to try this.
When requested immediately if any discussions over a brand new deal have taken place, he added: “No, we have not, however that is one thing that may occur naturally when it has to occur, if it has to occur, and that is it.”
May Arteta handle one other English membership?
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on whether or not he may ever see himself managing one other Premier League membership:
“In the present day, no! However I don’t know. I performed for 2 nice golf equipment on this nation, I moved round in several issues, I’m extraordinarily younger and I don’t know what’s going to occur.”
‘Nonetheless work to do at Arsenal’
Arteta, 41, changed Unai Emery at Arsenal, taking a senior managerial function for the primary time in his profession.
Earlier than taking the job, Arteta had been working as a member of Pep Guardiola’s teaching workers at Manchester Metropolis, a job he took up upon retiring from taking part in in the summertime of 2016.
In September 2020, having guided Arsenal to an eighth-place end within the Premier League and an FA Cup win within the earlier season, Arteta was made first-team supervisor of the north London membership having beforehand passed by the title as head coach.
As a participant, he received the FA Cup twice in a five-year profession with the Gunners. The previous midfielder made 150 appearances for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016 and captained the aspect.
As a supervisor to this point, he has received 124 of his 210 matches as Arsenal boss and he insists there’s nonetheless a variety of work to do on the membership.
“There’s a lot to do right here and all of us share that ambition,” he stated.
“We would like extra, we aren’t glad and the membership desires one other push to go to a different degree. We’ve everybody on board to realize it.
“I at all times felt it was my staff as a result of if you take a call to teach or handle a membership you must make these calls and maximise every little thing.
“My job turned extra regular after the Covid scenario and I am having fun with it loads.
“We’re heading in the right direction however we’re very removed from my imaginative and prescient of the place this membership must be. We navigated some tough moments by way of Covid and my perception is that created a very robust attachment and perception that we’re the precise individuals to take the membership ahead. We used it in the precise manner.”
Partey not in Arsenal squad to face Forest | Arteta ‘hopeful’ on Rice health
Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta on damage information forward of journey to Nottingham Forest:
“We’ve some late choices to make.
“Thomas [Partey] will not be a type of. Thomas won’t be within the squad.
“We had some points on the finish of the final sport so we are going to assess these gamers. You need everybody within the squad.
“[Declan] Rice is a type of gamers. He has accomplished some work however he has missed some work as properly. Hopefully he might be okay. Gabriel [Magalhaes] is one other one.”
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