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Arteta ‘happy’ at Arsenal, dismisses links to Barca

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said he is fully focused on improving results at Arsenal amid speculation linking him with Barcelona.

Spanish media reported Barcelona’s presidential candidate Joan Laporta is interested in replacing current manager Ronald Koeman with Arteta should he win the elections on Sunday. Arteta was a product of Barcelona’s academy but left for Rangers in 2002 without making a senior appearance for the Catalan club. “There is always going to be speculation when there are elections in Barcelona, it’s a huge team,” Arteta told a news conference yesterday. “Obviously I was raised there as a player and there is always going to be links. But I am fully focused on the job that I have to do here. What I can tell you is I feel privileged to manage this football club and that I’m extremely happy.” Arteta has two more years on his current deal after this campaign.


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