Mikel Arteta has helped Arsenal to the top of the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has acknowledged that his dismissal by the Gunners is unavoidable. Arteta still believes he will eventually be fired, even though the Spaniard’s team is remarkably top of the Premier League.
Arsenal supporters, who are enjoying life under Arteta, may be alarmed by this admission. The team from north London has won 10 of its last 12 league games and is two points ahead of defending champion Manchester City.
Recently, Arteta and Barcelona have been mentioned in connection. According to press reports in Spain, if Xavi Hernandez’s performances do not improve, the La Liga team may try to replace him with the former Everton and Arsenal midfielder.
The head coach of Arsenal acknowledges that being fired as a manager is his “biggest” fear, but he also knows that it will occur at some point in his career. A manager’s (biggest) fear as a manager is probably being fired, Arteta admitted on Michael Calvin’s Football People podcast.
On the day he decided to pursue coaching, he made a very deliberate choice, declaring that it would take place. In the present, the future, one month from now, and in ten years. When it will occur is unknown to him.
That cannot be the source of my emotion or the reason behind my actions or inaction. The fear I currently have is of disappointing people.
After Los Blaugrana’s disappointing Champions League exit, speculation over Xavi’s future has increased, and according to the Spanish outlet Sport, Arteta is the “firm” favorite to succeed the current manager.
Midway through last year, Arteta was also mentioned as a candidate for the Barcelona position, but the 40-year-old denied those rumors and attributed them to the upcoming club presidential elections, saying he was ‘fully focused’ on Arsenal.
Arsenal thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-0 on Sunday to continue their stellar 2022–23 campaign. Arteta renewed his contract earlier this year to keep him through the end of the 2024–25 season.