Mikel Arteta insists that he does not keep an eye on the Manchester City ban because he wants to bring Arsenal to Europe
“I don’t think about it”: Mikel Arteta insists that he does not celebrate the Manchester City ban while trying to get Arsenal to Europe … and says Pep Guardiola “suffers” from punishment
- Manchester City has a £ 25 million fine and a two-year Champions League ban
- The penalties are for alleged breaches by the club of financial regulations
- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta worked as a coach at Manchester City for three years
- However, the Spaniard insisted that he only wanted the best for his former club
Mikel Arteta maintains that he is not thinking of taking advantage of Manchester City’s European ban – even though this may unlikely help Arsenal to return to a Champions League return.
Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant for three and a half years before returning to Arsenal, who came from Chelsea within seven points with a 4-0 win over Newcastle.
City was banned from continental competitions for two seasons last week due to violations of Financial Fair Play rules.
Mikel Arteta (R) gave his support to Manchester City and his former boss Pep Guardiola (L)
Although they have vowed to fight the rule, the sanctions could open the door for those who are chasing a place in the top four.
“I’m not thinking about it,” Arteta said about possibly taking advantage of City’s ban.
“My first reaction was that I was shocked. I came in contact with Pep and the people in the club that I know because I know they are suffering, “he added.
‘The admiration and love I have for Pep and his staff and the players, I just want the best for them. I know how hard they work and hopefully something positive can come for them. ”
The Spaniard insisted that the Gunners still qualify for Europe this season
Despite the win over Newcastle, Arsenal remains 10th in the Premier League. But Arteta suggested that the events of recent days have changed the landscape in the race for the top four.
“A week ago … everything looked like it was too far and it would take an incredible flight to do it. Today it feels a bit closer, “he said. “(Improved) performance will lead to much better results and if that’s the case, we’ll be in the mix in the last few games of the season.”