Barcelona are set to appoint a new club president very soon, and one of the leading candidates is Joan Laporta who, if he wins, will take up the office he already held between 2003 and 2010. One of his goals, according to the Catalan Radio (via the Mirror), would be to appoint current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta as the new head coach, should he take charge of the Blaugrana again.
Laporta was the man who appointed Pep Guardiola back in 2008, and Barcelona won three La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League twice apiece during four-year spell under the current Manchester City boss.
At the moment, Barcelona are being led by former Southampton and Everton boss Ronald Koeman, but the Dutchman has never been considered a long-term option, not even by Josep Maria Bartomeu, now former president, who was reportedly arrested on Monday morning. With Bartomeu gone, Koeman’s fate seems sealed.
Arteta took his first football steps at Barcelona and played for their “C” and “B” sides, but he never managed to break into the first team. As you know, he assisted Guardiola at the Etihad for three and a half years before agreeing to take up the post vacated by Unai Emery at Arsenal.
Having taken over a team in big need of reconstruction, it’s obviously early to be judging the quality of the work he’s doing at the club, but it cannot be doubted that he’s made quite a few changes in the playing personnel and that the transition work is in progress. If he leaves this summer to join Barcelona, he will likely have to start from scratch again, at a club where a lot of things need to be sorted, starting from the top of the hierarchy, through the finances, down to the squad.
So at the moment it feels Arteta will have no inclination to leave Arsenal for Barcelona, regardless of Laporta’s wishes. Further more, even though nothing is certain in football these days, the whole thing seems like a classic pre-election promise – anything for a vote.
It’s also worth remembering that Arteta is under contract at Arsenal until 2023.