By Kevin Campbell

8th Mar, 2021 | 6:10pm

Arteta tipped to sign new Arsenal contract after 'unbelievable' training ground claim - pundit

Mikel Arteta is building a better future for Arsenal and may soon be rewarded with a new contract. 

That is according to ex-Arsenal striker and La Liga expert Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 38-year-old quashed speculation linking him to Barcelona amid the turbulence caused by their recent presidential elections.

The club have just elected Joan Laporta club president and Arteta, as a La Masia graduate, is seen as a natural successor to current manager Ronald Koeman.

Quoted in the Evening Standard, the Spaniard told the media: “Today and tomorrow I am the manager of Arsenal Football Club and I’m really enjoying it. I want to do much better than what I’ve done.

 

“I’m fully focused on the job we have to do here which we have a lot to do. I’m really enjoying it.

Campbell highlighted the brilliant work Arteta has done in bringing through youngsters like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Row and said a new deal would be a good move.

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Asked by Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs whether Arteta could join Barcelona, he claimed: “No chance. Arteta’s got a job to do at Arsenal.

“I understand all these elections and everyone is vying for position at Barcelona but it’s not going to happen.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if they signed him on an extension now.

“The fanbase obviously have their own opinions and thoughts, but you’re not going to stop that in a fanbase.

“A lot of the time, the fans will only see the work when Arsenal start competing a lot better on the pitch.

“But for the training ground guys, you can see what he’s doing. I mean, look at Saka. He’s been unbelievable. Smith Rowe too.

“These kids have been carrying Arsenal and it’s under his stewardship so he’s got to be doing something right.

“I just believe that if the board and the ownership think he’s the man, you back him. I’ve got no problem with that.”

 

Arteta has been in the job at the Emirates Stadium since December 2019.

Last season, Arsenal finished in a disappointing 8th place in the Premier League but won the FA Cup under Arteta’s stewardship.

In other news, Football Insider understands that Matteo Guendouzi will soon leave Arsenal on a permanent basis.