Mikel Arteta 'upset' about Barcelona job links - insists he's happy at Arsenal

  • Reports in Spain linked Mikel Arteta to Barcelona job with Xavi leaving at season's end
  • Arteta dismissed reports as "fake news"
  • Spaniard insisted he's happy at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta is not leaving Arsenal anytime soon
Mikel Arteta is not leaving Arsenal anytime soon / Clive Rose/GettyImages

Mikel Arteta has rubbished reports linking him with the Barcelona job, adding that the rumours made him "upset".

The Spanish media attempted to throw Gooner into a tailspin on Sunday as rumours emerged regarding Arteta's future. One report wrote that the Arsenal boss had told his inner circle that he plans to move on at the end of the season with the Barca job opening up.

Xavi announced at the weekend that he'll be leaving his post in the summer after guiding Barca to the La Liga title this season. They've so far underwhelmed in 2023/24, with Arteta previously being linked to the managerial position in Catalonia.

Nevertheless, the Spanish media's murmurs were quickly rubbished back in north London, with Arteta making a pretty emphatic statement in his pre-match press conference on Monday. Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Tuesday night as they take on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Mikel Arteta dismisses Barcelona links as "fake news"

The boss' future was a hot topic of discussion in the presser following the weekend's rumours, but Arteta was quick to dismiss the idea that he plans to ditch his project in north London this summer as "totally fake news".

“What you read yesterday, I don’t know where it’s coming from, and it’s totally untrue. I’m really upset about it,” he said on Monday.

“I could not believe it. I don’t know where it’s coming from, it has no source and I think we have to be very cautious when we talk about personal things to put it in the way it was put yesterday.

“I’m in the right place with the right people, and I feel really good about it. As I said many times, I’m on a beautiful journey with this football club: our players, our staff and our people and there is still a lot to do," he added.

After rebuffing the Barcelona links, Arteta then admitted that he hadn't entered contract talks with the Gunners. The Spaniard's current deal expires in 2025, but there currently aren't any doubts about his future. A new contract is inevitable.