String of events that could trigger Arteta to Barcelona

Date published: Monday 1st March 2021 3:52 - Matthew Briggs

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has his radar set on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, according to a report.

Laporta, who is running alongside Victor Font and Toni Freixa for Sunday’s vote, apparently wants Arteta if Ronald Koeman leaves the Nou Camp at the end of this season.

The pressure has been cranked up on Dutchman Koeman after last week’s 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Koeman said it was “crazy” to suggest he should consider his future at the club, but as per RAC1 (via ESPN) Laporta has targeted Arteta.

Arteta, 38, succeeded Unai Emery in December 2019 and went on to win the FA Cup.

Life has been tough this season at The Emirates, but the Spaniard has guided the Gunners through a sticky patch.

Arteta, who was born in San Sebastian, does have connections to Barcelona after coming through La Masia.

A move back though would take extraordinary circumstances. Firstly Laporta would have to be voted into power and then Koeman would have to leave, despite having a contract until June 2022.

Goal has rubbished the talk. The outlet claim Arteta “has not been contacted by anyone associated with Barca over the role and he is not under consideration to succeed Ronald Koeman in the dugout”.

Xhaka wants consistency

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka wants Arsenal to build on their “beautiful” win at Leicester. He believes their performance at the King Power proves the Gunners are capable of producing high quality displays.

The Gunners’ 3-1 comeback victory against the Foxes on Sunday surprised a few in the game. It was also arguably one of their best performances under Arteta.

David Luiz and Nicolas Pepe added to Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty as Arsenal recovered after going behind to Youri Tielemans’ early opener.

Indeed,  Arteta was quick to pick out two aspects of the win that pleased him the most.

The Gunners remain 10th in the Premier League, three points behind Everton in seventh having played two games more.

However, Xhaka was delighted with the performance and hopes it’s a sign of things to come for Arsenal.

Xhaka told arsenal.com: “We have to do it game by game, not for three games, not for four. We have to constantly be like this, with this energy, this team spirit and after I am looking forward to us doing something.”

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