By Tom Gott
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied he was responsible for turning Mikel Arteta and Arsenal into the Premier League’s leading squad to conquer the 2022/23 season.
Arteta worked under Guardiola as a City assistant between 2016 and 2019 before swapping the Etihad for the Emirates, and after a rocky start at Arsenal, has led the Gunners to the top of the Premier League table this season .
The two friends will clash yet again in Friday’s FA Cup fourth round, before which Guardiola revealed the exact moment he knew what the future held for Arteta.
“I remember the first game we played against Sunderland,” Guardiola said. “We play against David Moyes. “He [Arteta] She said. ‘I know him well, he was at Everton, he does this and that’.
“After 15 minutes, half an hour, I said, ‘Yeah, this is the guy to help me anticipate.'”
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While Guardiola’s impact on Arteta is undeniable, the City the manager was adamant that he deserves no credit and all praise should be focused on Arteta for his ability to bring Arsenal go back to the top of the table.
“What I see at Arsenal belongs to Mikel and his people,” Guardiola said. “I would say ‘Yes, what they do is because I teach them.’ Tori**t.
“I am 52 years old. I was at Arsenal for one day when they let us train to win the Champions League [Manchester] United [in 2011]. It’s the only time I’ve been to the Arsenal training centre. Sorry United!
“They play with taller wingers than midfielders like us, yes. But the whole methodology, the process, with the character, the mentality, the set pieces, a billion things, that belongs to them.”
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Pep Guardiola slams ‘tori**t’ claims over role in Mikel Arteta and Arsenal success.
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