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Mikel Arteta rejects Barcelona speculation to commit future to Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has underlined his commitment to Arsenal amid speculation linking him with Barcelona.

The Catalan club are set for presidential elections this weekend with the Gunners manager linked to candidate Joan Laporta as a possible replacement for current head coach Ronald Koeman should he win.

But Arteta maintains he is “focused” on the job in north London, adding that he feels “privileged” and “extremely happy” to be in charge of the club.

“There is always going to be speculation when there are elections in Barcelona, it’s a huge team,” said Arteta, who has two more years remaining on his deal at the Emirates.

“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.”

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