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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could leave Gunners to manage his boyhood Barcelona: report

Barcelona supremo Joan Laporta wants Mikel Arteta to be the Catalan giants’ next manager.

That’s according to Barcelona-based journalist Adrian Sanchez, who claims that the Arsenal boss has caught Laporta’s eye amid growing pressure on Xavi. The legendary midfielder began his managerial career with Qatari side Al Sadd before making the move back to his former club in November 2021 and led Barca to the La Liga title last season.

But he has overseen a drop in their form this season, with the club sitting fourth in the table, eight point shy of the top, and coming up short in a ten-man 4-1 pummelling by fierce rivals Real Madrid on Sunday – with all four goals conceded before Ronald Araujo was dismissed in the 71st minute.

Barcelona manager Xavi speaks to the media during a press conference on 15 February, 2023 ahead of the Europa League knockout round play-off match between Barcelona and Manchester United in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Barcelona manager Xavi is under pressure at Camp Nou (Image credit: Joan Valis/Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

That has supposedly led Laporta to start considering a succession plan, and as Sportskeeda relate, Arteta’s name is apparently top of the club president’s list.

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