Xavi Hernandez Has Previously Stated That He Would Be Interested In Managing Arsenal Before Barcelona Agreement

The 41-year-old, who is considered one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, is the new Barcelona head coach, marking his second job in management after taking his first steps with Al Sadd in Qatar.

An announcement regarding the Spaniard’s return to the Camp Nou was made on Friday evening as he replaces Ronald Koeman at the helm following the Dutchman’s departure last month.

As a result, Xavi has completed his mission of returning to the club where he made his name.

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“I don’t hide it, my goal is to return to Europe and return to Barca, it is my challenge ahead, but I’m still learning in this project and I’m also enjoying it,” he told Sky Sports in September 2019. “My idea, which also happened to me as a footballer, is to be in Barcelona.

“Training this type of team would be a privilege and the greatest privilege for me would be to return to Barca.”

Signing a two-year deal with Barcelona, Xavi could be the next in-demand manager if his time in Spain goes well, which bodes well for his dream of managing in the Premier League one day.

Interestingly, he notably mentioned Arsenal when listing the teams he would love to take charge of and this may become relevant in the future.

“That is my goal, but obviously, who doesn’t like the Premier League? The football atmosphere, the packed stadiums, and the people who play in the Premier League say it’s extraordinary,” Xavi added.

“Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, [Manchester] City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.

“Also, [Jurgen] Klopp and [Mauricio] Pochettino and Unai Emery, many people who have gone there are doing an extraordinary job.”

Xavi has also hinted at modeling his coaching style on Pep Guardiola.

“Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world and I am a novice. The comparison happened as a player but now we can’t be compared,” he added. “I am in love with Pep Guardiola’s football. Now I have started as a coach, I see the different methodologies.

“You can win playing football in different ways, but I like the one of City and Guardiola the most. I follow the Premier League a lot and I like it.

“Guardiola is a reference for me. As a player he already was, because we played in the same position, we spent three years together in Barcelona as players and then four magnificent years with him as a coach.

“He is a brilliant, demanding, passionate, obsessive person, that’s why he’s doing so well. It transmits a lot to the footballer. I learned a lot and enjoyed my time at his side.”

In Mikel Arteta, the Gunners already have their own Spanish coach, but should they be looking at Xavi as a long-term replacement, if and when the 39-year-old decides to move on?

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