You might be aware that Barcelona are on the verge of having a vote to decide who will be the next club president.
There are a handful of candidates, including Joan Laporta, who is the somewhat favourite due to his affiliation with Lionel Messi.
Keeping the Argentine would be key to the club’s future in the eyes of many, but one thing that would change would be the manager, with Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta eyed to take over from Ronald Koeman.
That’s according to RAC1 journalist Kike Marin, who reports the Gunners man is ‘one of the coaches that Laporta intends to replace’ the Dutchman with if he becomes president at Barcelona.
Según informa @EsportsRAC1 Mikel Arteta es uno de los entrenadores que Laporta pretende como sustituto de Koeman si vuelve a ser presidente del @FCBarcelona_es Su aprendizaje al lado de Pep Guardiola es el mejor aval del ahora técnico del @Arsenal @m8arteta es una garantía 👌 pic.twitter.com/fKW8Thg9bm
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) March 1, 2021
It’s stated that Arteta’s ‘apprenticeship with Pep Guardiola is the best endorsement of the now Arsenal manager’, with it stated the Spaniard ‘is a guarantee’.
While that might come as a surprise to some considering the Gunners are currently 10th in the Premier League after 26 games, it’s easy to forget how well regarded the Manchester City manager is at Barcelona, and what his vision represents.
Anyone who has worked with him and earned praise from him will automatically be liked within the La Liga club’s offices, with Arteta no different.
We’ll have to wait and see, as Laporta hasn’t won yet, but if he does on March 7th, then Arsenal might have a slight issue on their hands, considering how much faith they’ve placed in the former Manchester City assistant manager of late.