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Mikel Arteta's Future at Arsenal Clarified Amid Exit Rumours
- Mikel Arteta has been linked with a possible Arsenal exit at the end of the season
- The development comes days after Xavi and Klopp announced they would be quitting
- Reports claim Spanish giants Barcelona are huge admirers of the Arsenal boss
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta's future at the club has been clarified amid rumours the Spaniard is plotting an exit.
Arteta became the latest big name to be linked with a surprise departure at the end of the season after Xavi and Jurgen Klopp announced their plans to leave their respective clubs in the summer.
Sport claimed that the former midfielder has divulged to his close associates his intentions to dump the Gunners once the 2023/24 campaign ends.
The rumour emerged barely a day after Xavi disclosed that he would be departing Camp Nou, sparking speculation Barcelona could move in for Arteta to replace their club legend.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is understood to be a huge admirer of Arteta and believes he would be a good fit for the Catalan giants.
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However, it has now emerged that Arteta has no plans to walk away from Arsenal in the foreseeable future.
According to Sky Sports, the 41-year-old, who is contracted at the Emirates Stadium until 2025, intends to continue serving at the club beyond the summer.
Arteta was appointed as Arsenal's head coach in December 2019 and guided the North Londoners to FA Cup success a year later.
The Spaniard had previously served as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City before he took up the Arsenal role to replace Unai Emery.
He came close to guiding the Gunners to Premier League glory last season but missed out on the title by a whisker.
Arteta spotted with torn pants
Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Mikel Arteta sparking reactions after he was spotted with torn pants.
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The incident happened during Arsenal's FA Cup clash against Liverpool the Emirates.
A section of fans quickly came up with their theories on what may have occasioned Arteta's wardrobe malfunction.
Some went on to suggest that the hole may have been a result of Arteta's touchline antics, with one posting.