Barcelona ‘line up Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’ as next boss as pressure on Xavi mounts after Champions League exit

BARCELONA are reportedly considering Mikel Arteta as their next boss.

That’s when the pressure mounts on Xavi Hernandez following last week’s Champions League exit.

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Barcelona boss Xavi feels the heat after Champions League exit last weekCredit: Getty
Club bosses eye Arsenal's Mikel Areta if change needed later

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Club bosses eye Arsenal’s Mikel Areta if change needed laterCredit: Getty

Former Man City assistant Arteta has been shining in the Emirates dugout this season.

He guided Arsenal to the top of the Premier League table.

And Sport claim Barcelona chiefs are watching Arteta after being impressed.

Current Nou Camp boss Xavi is under the spotlight after watching Barca withdraw from Europe’s top competition in the group stage.

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The cash-strapped Catalans were banking on a big knockout payday after a summer madness.

It is estimated that the early exit will set Barcelona back at least £20m, plus any add-ons they may have had later on.

And there will now be more pressure on Xavi to deliver in the league, with Barca one point behind leaders Real Madrid.

However, club bosses are still backing their former midfielder to deliver.

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And Arteta is instead seen as a future option should a change become necessary.

It’s good news for Arsenal, who are hoping their ex-player can deliver a first Premier League title since the Invincibles in 2004.

As for Xavi, he admits he is fully aware of the consequences if he doesn’t deliver trophies after signing stars such as Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.

He said: “With the effort put in by the club and the team we have, we have to compete for the trophies.

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“And if we don’t win, as the president said, there will be consequences, starting with me.

“But if we don’t win, another coach will come. But I will give everything to make it work.”

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