MIKEL ARTETA is among the favourites to become the next Barcelona manager.
Betfair have priced up the under-threat Arsenal manager as fifth favourite in their market as Barca boss Ronald Koeman continues to be under immense pressure.
Barca's mixed form has seen them win twice and draw twice after four league games as well as suffering a heavy 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp.
Fans were calling for Koeman to be sacked after they relied on a 90th-minute equaliser against Granada – which saw Gerard Pique play as a striker before ruling out 'tiki taka'.
Arteta is favourite to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season but Betfair have the Spanish boss at 9/1 to replace Koeman at Barcelona.
He trails the market leader and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez who is 5/2 favourite to be the next Barcelona boss.
Next Barcelona manager odds
- Roberto Martinez 5/2
- Xavi Hernandez 10/3
- Antonio Conte 5/1
- Andrea Pirlo 5/1
- Mikel Arteta 9/1
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Barcelona legend Xavi is third favourite at 5/2 to return to the Nou Camp as manager, he leads Antonio Conte and Andre Pirlo who are both priced at 5/1.
Xavi has not hidden his dreams of becoming Barcelona boss one day.
He said: “Right now, I’m at Al Sadd and I’m doing well here. I’m at a big club in Asia, in Qatar. It’s the best team in Qatar.
“We’ll see what happens in the future. Everyone sees me as a Barcelona coach, and I really respect Barcelona and Koeman, the current head coach.
“I don’t want to hide the truth – of course I would like to be Barcelona’s head coach. I’ve said it many times."
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