Talk of Xavi’s sacking rages on at Barcelona as La Liga giants line up an ambitious move for the London manager

Arsenal could be in trouble as Barcelona are keen to snatch Mikel Arteta into the managerial post.

After a few years in management, Arteta is doing stellar work at Arsenal. The Spaniard didn’t get the full support of fans right away, as the Gunners finished eighth in their first two seasons.

In the last campaign, they got off to a pitiful start. Indeed, after losing his first three league games and scoring nine goals in the process, things were looking tough.

However, they managed to turn things around and battled for a fourth place in the top four for much of the season. While they lost in fourth place, finishing two points below rivals Tottenham, things were clearly on the upswing.

There has been a clear improvement this season, too. The Gunners are currently at the top of the Premier League table, having won 10 of their 12 games.

The faith shown in Arteta made Arsenal a legitimate threat again.

The Spaniard has his team playing good football and creative players are thriving with the right incentive.

The signings that Arteta made also gave Arsenal a big boost to their fortunes. The likes of Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard have been particularly effective.

Arteta getting attention
Due to his excellent work at Arsenal, Arteta began to attract attention from other clubs. The big name that is apparently courting him is Barcelona.
That’s according to a report by the Spanish newspaper Sport.

The report states that Arteta is ‘a firm candidate’ for the Barcelona managerial post. The good news for Arsenal is that it doesn’t look like they want him to take the job just yet.

Indeed, Sport claims that “it’s not for now” and Barcelona’s “clear bet” is the current starter Xavi. However, at some point it looks like Barça would be interested in offering Arteta a chance to manage them.

The chance to coach one of the biggest clubs in the world would be hard to pass up for any manager. Not least a Spaniard, who spent time at the same club early in his career.

Furthermore, Arteta learned a lot from former Barça boss Pep Guardiola during his time at Manchester City. As such, he may be encouraged to take the job at Camp Nou if offered.

Xavi under pressure
Despite the fact that the report states that Barca are happy with Xavi, he could be under some pressure. In fact, it was recently revealed that “there will be consequences” if he doesn’t gain anything with the squad he has.

This does not bode well, as Barca have already dropped out of the Champions League.

However, his form in La Liga is little cause for concern at this point. The Blaugrana are currently in second place, just one point behind leaders Real Madrid.

It looks like Xavi’s job is safe for the moment. At the end of the season, though, the prospects could be very different and Arsenal could be in danger as a result.

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