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Pep Guardiola vs Mikel Arteta: Complete H2H record

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By Euan Burns

The managerial duels between Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola are becoming a big part of every Premier League season with each passing year.

Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant at City before becoming Arsenal manager, adding a personal element to the rivalry for both managers.

Arsenal have improved dramatically under Arteta’s watchful eye, leading his current side into a Premier League title battle with his former employers in 2022/23. Guardiola’s City is still the team to beat.

Here are all the matches in which Arteta and Guardiola have faced each other.

Pep Guardiola vs. Mikel Arteta Head-to-head record

1. Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal – June 2020

origin 1David Luiz received a red card in Arteta’s first match against Guardiola | Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

Despite taking over in December 2019, it was many months before Arteta finally faced Guardiola. He was in a Premier League match during the project restart and it didn’t go to plan.

After falling 1-0 to a Gabriel Jesus goal, David Luiz was sent off early in the second half. Bad Arsenal had no chance and goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden made it 3-0.

2. Arsenal 2-0 Manchester City – July 2020

origin 1Arsenal surprised Guardiola by reaching the FA Cup Final | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Just a month passes before the two managers meet again, this time in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. As the Premier League game showed, City were clear favourites.

Despite this, Arsenal put in a superb performance and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goals put the Gunners in the final, where they would go on to win their first trophy under Arteta.

3. Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal – October 2021

origin 1Sterling was Arsenal’s nemesis again | Alex Livesey/GettyImages

In the new season, both coaches were still at work and faced only five games in the season. Both sides had started the season on a regular basis, but it was City who came out on top.

Raheem Sterling continued his good form against Arsenal by scoring the only goal of this game which left City in third place and Arsenal sixth.

4. Arsenal 1-4 Manchester City – December 2020

origin 1Phil Foden was particularly impressive against Arsenal | Catherine Ivil/GettyImages

Continuing to tie in cup competitions, Arteta and Guardiola would meet in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup.

Jesus opened the scoring for City before Alexandre Lacazette equalised. The second half was easier for Guardiola as Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte scored to make it 4-1 to send City on their way to yet another Carabao Cup triumph.

5. Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City – February 2021

origin 1Sterling scored rare header against Arsenal | Marc Atkins/GettyImages

In the sides’ second Premier League match of the season, City were already 10 points clear at the top of the table. Arsenal languished in 11th place and many of their supporters had lost patience with Arteta.

This play didn’t help as Sterling grabbed the only goal of the game in the second minute.

6. Manchester City 5-0 Arsenal – August 2021

origin 1Granit Xhaka made work even more difficult for Arsenal | Catherine Ivil/GettyImages

This was a real low point for Arteta at Arsenal before things went right. A new season had begun and after just three games the Gunners were beaten by Guardiola and City.

It meant Arsenal started the season with three defeats, with goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Jesus, Ferran Torres (2) and Rodri. Granit Xhaka received a straight red card in the first half.

7. Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City – January 2022

origin 1There was late heartbreak for Arsenal | Catherine Ivil/GettyImages

This match did not have Arteta on the touchline as he tested positive for Covid-19 meaning assistant Albert Stuivenberg took charge.

The result was the same though, as Arsenal were beaten by City once again. Arsenal’s good play was rewarded when they took the lead through Bukayo Saka, but a goal from Mahrez and a second yellow card for Gabriel tipped things back in City’s favour.

The heartbreak came when Rodri bagged the winner in the 93rd minute.

8. Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal – January 2023

origin 1Nathan Ake helped City progress to FA Cup | Julian Finney/GettyImages

This is where things started to change, at least in terms of form. The first meeting between Arteta and Guardiola in 2022/23 took place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, when it had become clear that both teams were in a title fight together.

Overall, the match disappointed as a spectacle and a second half goal from Nathan Ake was enough to ensure Guardiola kept the way open for another trophy.

9. Arsenal 1-3 Manchester City – February 2023

origin 1Erling Haaland made his mark on Arsenal | Julian Finney/GettyImages

In the first Premier League game between these two sides with serious title implications, it was once again Guardiola and City who came out on top, which must be of serious concern for Arteta.

De Bruyne opened the scoring but Saka equalised. City showed their quality in the second half though, with Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland making it 3-1 to close the gap at the top.

Mikel Arteta vs Pep Guardiola Head-to-head record

Mikel Artetta: 1 win
Pep Guardiola: 8 wins
Draw: 0

Top scorers in the matches between Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola

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