Barcelona consider raid on Arsenal for Mikel Arteta

Barcelona are expected to hold crunch talks with Ronald Koeman this summer after a disappointing campaign in which they ended up finishing in third spot in the division.

The Dutch manager was out of the title race ahead of the final matchday having lost three more matches than the two Madrid clubs, although the entire campaign wasnโ€™t entirely disappointing having picked up the Copa Del Rey.

That isnโ€™t expected to save Koemanโ€™s job however, and the Arsenal boss is named as amongst the names set to be considered.

Joan Laporta is believed to favour a return for club legend Xavi, who has already been enjoying management in Asia, leading Qatari side Al Sadd to five cup trophies and a league title after just two years in charge.

Mundo Deportiveo(via Le10Sport) claims that Mikel Arteta and Belgium manager Roberto Martinez are also being considered however.

The latter was today linked with talks at North London rivals Spurs, which could well shorten the shortlist of replacements for Koeman, while the possibility still remains that Arsenal could still part ways with Arteta after he failed to secure European football this season.

Does the links with Barca promote the job that Arteta has done thus far?


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  1. RFrancis says:

    Feliz Navidad! This would be an early christmas present for Arsenal fans.

  2. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    For the love of God, stop talking about it and come get him…imagine if we could actually make some good coin from a managerial transfer, I’m absolutely overjoyed by the prospect…furthermore, having a team that routinely fires their manager on a seemingly annual basis should in no way cause anyone to rethink their respective opinion about our current manager

    what Arteta did, when he turned his back on his original mandate and purchased Willian, is simply the poor man’s version of when Barca needed a bit of a reinvention but instead vastly overpaid for Griezmann, even though this unequivocal luxury buy didn’t even fit the Messi-based formational philosophy…ultimately they moved on from Saurez so they could better shoehorn him into the lineup, after a bang average first season, then Luiz went to Athletico and went on to win the title on his first go round

    1. Angus says:

      William was free transfer, Griezmann cost what 108 mil laughable comparison. You haters are really clutching at straws now.

      1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

        not surprised whatsoever, considering what I’ve read from you on JA, that you failed to comprehend my point…you would be wise to actually think for a minute before you rush to provide your all-too-familiar nonsensical commentaries, unless your plan all along was to assume the role of trolling lightweight…if so, mission accomplished

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  3. Dan kit says:

    Arenโ€™t Barca also after Depay and Agrueo ?
    No beating around any bush this season that team and league are in the shi1t and any rumours regarding said league should be laughed out of court ,saying that I would take Eden Hazard in a heartbeat

    1. RSH says:

      ive had more than enough of the aging chelsea players for a long time dan. Hazard is one who is known to like to take a day off. It worked when he was younger but not working towards the latter part of his career.

  4. Sean says:

    If Barca want him then by all means pay us some money for him and hes yours… maybe Pep has had a word!

    For once then the Kroenkes can maybe do some decent business and get a winning manager out there, maybe a Simeone/Allegri type who is a winner.

    They will get the best out of this team, look at Conte now at Inter winning leagues again after his Juve & Chelsea’s league titles.

    Before any manager comes in get rid off every player we do not want or need to add some funds for a new manager to take over.

    If not Mikel needs alot of backing in the market here.

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  5. Grantygooner says:

    More Barcelona rumours! Over the years they have “allegedly” pursued Arsene and 99% of our first team players. I would treat this with the contempt it deserves!

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Gg, nearly as many lies in the media, as we Arsenal supporters have been told over the years.

  6. Reddb10 says:

    Even though its BS they can have him

  7. Kenny says:

    Sure! Barcelona can get him. But any transfer fee? ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜

  8. GunneRay says:

    What does this really tell us?..

    With Barcelona in massive debt and likely to have an uninspiring summer transfer window, they also need to find a manager who will settle for a lot less. Someone who has proven nothing in his managerial role so far to convince anyone he is actually worthy of being called a manager. Someone who will roll over and play ball. Yep, they need someone like Mikel. Someone who is blinded by the lights of Barcelona. Someone who will take the role that no sensible person would, knowing that the club are sinking into more debt by the day!

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  9. Grandad says:

    The reality of the situation is that until Messi moves on Barca will be unable rise again.How ironic that arguably the finest player ever is no longer a sellable asset at a time when his Club are in a massive financial crisis.The Club has been mismanaged for over a decade and it could realistically take another ten years before the dynasty emerges from the current mess.

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  10. Sean Williams says:

    Oh….dream, dream, dream, two killings with one stone. Arteta gone, Arsenal free of the control, micro-management freak, and Barcelona ruined for years to come. Hallelujah, thank you Lord of Football. Next……deal with the Kroenke’s……Oh! You are!

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