Pep Guardiola has stated Mikel Arteta may have been supervisor of Manchester City however he “didn’t wait” for the top job on the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola gave Arteta his first teaching job when he was named City assistant in 2016.
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He spent three-and-a-half years as No. 2 earlier than taking the Arsenal supervisor’s job in Dec. 2019 however Guardiola stated he may have succeeded him as City boss had he caught round longer.
“I am pretty sure if I would have left before, he would be here and he would be the best, absolutely,” Guardiola stated.
“But I extended the contract, I am sorry, and he didn’t wait, so it could not happen, but definitely [he could have been City manager].”
Arteta has guided Arsenal to the top of the Premier League desk and on target to win their first title since 2004.
The Spaniard was a participant on the Emirates between 2011 and 2016 and Guardiola stated he all the time had a sense he may return to the membership — even when he was working at City.
“He loves the club,” Guardiola stated. “I remember when we were together here when we score goals, he jumps a lot and celebrates except one team. One team every time we score a goal, I jump, look back, and he was sitting there. It was Arsenal.
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“It was that second I stated that man likes Arsenal. Like me, coaching right here or Barcelona if I’m coaching as assistant and Barcelona name me, I’ll go. My membership.”
Guardiola and Arteta will go head-to-head on Friday when City and Arsenal meet in the FA Cup. The two teams are also leading the Premier League, with Arsenal five points clear at the top of the table.
“It is a unique competitors, the FA Cup, it’s a last,” said Guardiola. “And in fact, greater than Arsenal to show ourselves how is our degree, when the staff make 50 factors [at the halfway stage] it’s as a result of they’ve been the most effective, and they’re.
“We have to prove how far away or how close we are and the best way to notice is to perform our best level. Otherwise, against a team at that level, it will be difficult.”