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Arteta rules himself out of Barcelona job

Mikel Arteta has ruled himself out of contention for the Barcelona job.

He insists that he is “privileged” and happy to be the boss of the Gunners.

The Spanish club are looking for a new manager following the sacking of Ronald Koeman in the wake of their defeat to Rayo Vallecano last week.

A host of names from across Europe have been linked with the job, including Arteta who knows the club well, having graduated from the famous La Masia academy, although he ever played a senior game for the Catalans.

Barcelona’s B team coach Sergi Barjuan has taken temporary charge of the side until a full-time replacement for Koeman can be named.

Former player Xavi is widely tipped as the favourite for the job, although he maintains that he is currently solely focussed on hs role with Kuwait club Al-Sadd.

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