Mikel Arteta played for two Premier League clubs: Arsenal and Everton (Photo: Getty)
Arteta’s comments come amid reports linking him with Barcelona following the announcement that manager Xavi will leave the dugout this summer.
It is said that the Spaniard is a top name on Barcelona’s shortlist and that the 41-year-old would be interested in the role.
However, in his pre-match press conference on Monday, Arteta himself rubbished such claims and reaffirmed his commitment to the Gunners whom he has managed since 2019.
But he was also quizzed on whether he would manage a different Premier League club in the future, and interestingly he suggested that could well happen.
‘Today, no. But I don’t know, I played for two big clubs in this country,’ Arteta replied.
‘I’ve moved around in different things, I’m extremely young, and I don’t know, I don’t know what’s going to happen.’
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As he points out, Arteta captained both Arsenal and Everton during a playing career that also included spells at Barcelona, PSG, Rangers and Real Sociedad.
He was also assistant manager at Manchester City and had been tipped to succeed Pep Guardiola at the Etihad prior to returning to the Emirates.
His comments contrast that of Jurgen Klopp who has vowed to never manager another English club after announcing his departure from Liverpool at the end of the season.
Asked about Klopp’s impact on the Premier League, Arteta added: ‘I think he’s made this league much better. First of all the person, the character, the charisma, the way of transmitting his ideas and passion for the game is something special.
‘He’s had a big contribution for the growth of this league and I love the way he did it. The emotion that he put in and when you see the human side explaining the reasons behind it and the challenges and everything that is related to our job, I think it was spot on.
‘When someone has done what he’s done for that football club in the league you have to respect that and basically say thank you because I think he made the league better, every manager better and this league much more beautiful and intense.’
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