Arteta Named As Shock Candidate To Take Coaching Role At 5 Time European Champions

Arteta Named As Shock Candidate To Take Coaching Role At 5 Time European Champions

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is being considered as a replacement for Ronald Koeman at Barcelona, according to multiple reports in the Catalan media.

The 39-year-old is not the favourite for the job but he is among three potential candidates as new president Joan Laporta weighs up a potential change of head coach.

Club legend Xavi, who is currently in charge of Qatari side Al Sadd, is the frontrunner for the job at the 5-time European champions, while Belgian manager Roberto Martinez is also in contention.


Arteta came through the academy at Barcelona, before leaving for Rangers in 2002, so he does have close ties with the La Liga side.

His time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City will also play in his favour, considering the high regard that the former Barca boss is held in by Laporta.

Even though he hasn’t set the world alight since being appointed by Arsenal 18 months ago, with the Gunners having finished eighth this campaign, Arteta has still won the FA Cup and Community Shield. It is believed he will be given this summer to create a squad capable of competing more consistently in the league.

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