Mikel Arteta says he is “lucky” and “very happy” to be Arsenal’s head coach, despite his former club Barcelona’s search for a new coach following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

Koeman was sacked as Barcelona coach this week after the La Liga side suffered its fourth defeat in six matches in all competitions.

The Dutchman was appointed in August last year and in his first campaign led Barcelona to third place in La Liga and won the King’s Cup, but struggled in his second season after the departure of Lionel Messi.

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Ronald Koeman knew his time as Barcelona coach was over, but some fans thought he was in an impossible situation, according to La Liga announcer Simra Hunter.

Arsenal coach Arteta – a former young player at Barcelona – was previously linked with a coaching job at the Nou Camp but ruled himself out of the competition on Friday.

“I am very happy at Arsenal and it is a pleasure to be here. My focus is here,” Arteta told reporters.

“There has been a lot going on there in the last few years. You have to overcome a situation like the departure of Lionel Messi, who has been a key player for many years, and I know this takes time. I hope everything goes well.”

Current Barcelona B coach Serge Barguan will take charge of the first team temporarily while a decision is made on Koeman’s permanent successor.

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi – who is currently in charge of Qatar’s Al Sadd club – is reported to be in talks about returning to the club.

Arteta: Tierney is nearing full fitness

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Leicester, Arteta said Arsenal would call in late to include left-back Kieran Tierney in their squad.

The 24-year-old Scotland international has been a constant presence in Arsenal’s defense this season, but after suffering a bruised ankle in a 2-2 home draw against Crystal Palace, he missed the league win at Aston Villa and Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over Leeds.

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“He’s progressing and training. Let’s see how he is today,” Arteta said.

“There were a few of them who couldn’t train. We had some blows during the match against Leeds. Hopefully we can have better news today.”

Arteta said defender Ben White missed training due to a malfunction in the squad, while striker Eddie Nketiah, who has not yet been named in the Premier League’s squad, was forced to continue to exploit his chances after scoring against Leeds.

It’s another person constantly pushing,” Arteta said. “Every time he gets a chance, he takes it. There are other players who participate in that position.

“It’s like other players without minutes because we don’t have Europe this season.”

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