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Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta linked to Barcelona hot seat

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta linked to Barcelona hot seat

Arteta pleased with Leicester win

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta was able to continue his side’s turnaround in form as they beat Leicester City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Despite going a goal down to a Youri Tielemans strike, goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe were enough to take all three points and win away from home against a side in the top 3 for the first time since 2015.

Arteta was asked whether this was his side’s best performance since taking over.

“I don’t know but I’m certainly happy with the performance of the team, and again the character, the composure that we showed. Coming here after a very short turnaround from Benfica, and going down very early put us in a really difficult position against a Leicester team that probably is the best in that area,” he said.

“I think we played some really good moments in the game, looked really solid, we dominated the game and I think overall we deserved the win.”

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta linked to Barcelona hot seat

PIRAEUS, GREECE – FEBRUARY 25: (2ndL) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring the 3rd Arsenal goal with (L) Willian, (R) Alex Lacazette and Bukayo Saka during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal FC and SL Benfica at Karaiskakis Stadium on February 25, 2021 in Piraeus, Greece. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arteta masterminded the first league win at Old Trafford earlier in the season since 2006, these accomplishments are building up but the Spaniard is focused on the bigger picture.

“For me it’s not only about that, it’s how we play against an opponent of top quality. It’s about composing ourselves, trying to be Arsenal all the time – it doesn’t matter who we play against, it’s about having the courage to do it against top-quality players. I’m proud of the win but more about the way we’ve done it.”

Laporta wants Arteta at Barca

Despite Arsenal still having, in relation to their league position, one of their poorer seasons, this has not stopped possible rumours about Mikel Arteta being poached by another club in the future.

Barcelona, the club which Mikel Arteta came through at, is supposedly interested in the young coach.

RAC‘s Barca correspondent has suggested that presidential candidate Joan Laporta sees Arteta as an option for the club if Ronald Koeman is not favoured to continue at beyond the current campaign.

‘Mikel Arteta is one of the options for Joan Laporta’s candidacy to take the Barça bench if Koeman does not continue next season,’ was wrote on social media.

Barcelona have struggled this season to maintain pace with title favourites Atletico Madrid, despite taking over typical rivals Real Madrid having played one more game. Koeman could be out the door should results not pick up before the end of the season.

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This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.

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5 Chelsea FC 31 19 54
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9 Arsenal FC 31 8 45
10 Leeds United 31 0 45
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13 Crystal Palace FC 31 -19 38
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15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 31 -5 33
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Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
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Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
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