Arteta admission will worry fans as Barca plot move for Arsenal boss

Mikel Arteta reviews Nottingham Forest win

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has conceded it is inevitable that he will one day be sacked by the Gunners. The Spaniard’s side are remarkably top of the Premier League but Arteta still knows he will one day succumb to a dismissal. 

It is an admission that might concern Arsenal fans, who are loving life under Arteta. The north Londoners are two points ahead of reigning champions Manchester City and have won 10 of their 12 league games. 

Arteta has recently been linked with former club Barcelona. Reports in the Spanish press claim that the La Liga outfit could seek to replace Xavi Hernandez with the ex-Arsenal and Everton midfielder if their performances do not improve. 

The Arsenal head coach admits his ‘biggest’ fear is being sacked as a manager but knows it will happen in his career. “As a manager, probably it’s the (biggest) fear of getting sacked,” Arteta confessed on Michael Calvin’s Football People podcast. 

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“I made a very conscious decision the day I made the decision to become a coach – I said: ‘It will happen. Today, tomorrow, in a month’s time, in 10 years’ time. I don’t know when it will happen.’ 

“That cannot drive my emotion and this cannot be the reason why I do certain things or not. For me now the fear is to let people down.”

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Arteta is the ‘firm’ favourite to replace Xavi should the incumbent be dismissed. Speculation over Xavi’s future has mounted in the aftermath of Los Blaugrana’s disappointing exit from the Champions League. 

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Arteta was also linked with the Barcelona job midway through last year but he rubbished those reports and blamed them on the club presidential elections, which were coming up. The 40-year-old insisted he was ‘fully focused’ on Arsenal. 

“There is always going to be speculation when there are elections in Barcelona. It’s a huge team and obviously, I was raised there as a player, and they’re always going to be linked,” Arteta conceded.

“But I’m fully focused on the job that I have to do here. We have a lot to do and I’m really enjoying it. I feel privileged to manage this football club and I’m extremely happy.”

Arsenal continued their excellent 2022-23 season on Sunday by thumping Nottingham Forest 5-0. Arteta signed a new contract earlier this year to take him through to the end of the 2024-25 campaign. 

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