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Arteta plays down speculation linking him with Barcelona bench

Current Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said it's natural for there to be speculation linking him with the Barcelona head coach role.

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Speaking to the media, Arsenal's Basque head coach Mikel Arteta was asked about his name being linked with the Barcelona job, Arteta said: “There is always going to be speculation when there are elections in Barcelona, it’s a huge team.

“Obviously I was raised there as a player and there is always going to be links. But I am fully focused on the job that I have to do here, which we have a lot to do, and I am really enjoying it.

“Today and tomorrow I am the manager of Arsenal football club and I am really enjoying it. And I want to do much better than what we have done so far.

“What I can tell you is I feel privileged to manage this football club and that I’m extremely happy.”