"Why on earth would you leave Arsenal for Barcelona at the moment?" New York Times journalist Rory Smith said.
"Barcelona are a complete mess. Arteta's bond with Barcelona is quite ancient. He's not from Catalonia, he was at La Masia for a bit but Real Sociedad is his boyhood team.
"I don't think he has that same bond to Barcelona that Xavi or Iniesta or Sergio Busquets might do. Arteta's link is relatively flimsy, I don't know why he'd leave a well run club in Arsenal who are moving in the right direction."