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I’m a big fan of Mikel Arteta’s project at Arsenal, and look forward to seeing if they can continue their superb start to the season today. The Spaniard was highly rated when he was part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City, and now he’s emerging as the main challenger to his old boss in this season’s title race!
For sure Guardiola has had a big influence on Arteta’s ideas and methods, and they have some similarities. I think Arteta is doing an excellent job on tactics, he’s improving a lot as manager; but I’m also told that his relationship with the players is now great and this is a key factor for Arsenal. The atmosphere at the club is really positive right now, and Arteta deserves huge credit, but also Edu for his work as technical director.
Douglas Luiz has signed a new contract with Aston Villa, valid until June 2026. They’ve been in negotiations since Arsenal failed to sign him on Deadline Day. The Gunners had three bids rejected, because Villa always saw him as untouchable, and now his future has been secured.
The situation is tense because Joao Felix wants to play more, while Diego Simeone is trusting other players in this moment. Atletico Madrid insist they have no intention to sell Joao, as there’s a €350m release clause.
I’m aware there was some speculation about Manchester United in the summer, but there was nothing advanced or concrete with United. Still, I think he’d be a fantastic signing for many European clubs because his potential is enormous, this has been obvious since his days as a youngster at Benfica, so I hope Atletico will keep and trust Joao for present and future.
Xavi: “I’m still positive and optimistic about our project. I will keep working and pushing — but I will never be a problem for Barcelona otherwise I’d go home. I want to be a solution for Barcelona so that’s why I’m here — never a problem.”
Barcelona president Joan Laporta: “The…