“He’s doing incredibly well … it’s coming every day”: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praises ex-no. 2 Mikel Arteta prior to the reunification
- Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta meet while Man City plays Arsenal on Wednesday
- The Arsenal boss left City to take over Gunners’ boss in December last year
- Under Arteta’s management, Arsenal enjoys a strong undefeated series of games
- Guardiola has received praise for the work that Arteta has done in a short time
Pep Guardiola already sees improvements at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta and predicts that his former assistant will bring silverware back to the Emirates.
Arteta returns to Manchester City for the first time on Wednesday since she left in December to succeed Unai Emery. The Gunners have only lost one Premier League match since his appointment and can move within five points of the Champions League places with a win in the Etihad.
“I would say he is doing incredibly well, his ideas have already been implemented and it is coming every day,” Guardiola said.
Pep Guardiola praised Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta prior to Wednesday’s game
The two Spaniards had worked together in Manchester City before Arteta joined Arsenal
“Arsenal will be successful with him on the couch. I said three years ago that I was convinced that if the opportunity arose, he would be a manager. Mikel decided it was good for him. He loves Arsenal. “
Guardiola is wary of the inner knowledge that Arteta has of his time in City. “He has more information about Arsenal than I do, but that’s normal,” Guardiola said.
‘He knows perfectly how we feel, how we want to play, the fact that he knows every player, the strengths and weaknesses. I can imagine how he is going to press high on our weak player. “
Under Arteta’s leadership, Arsenal enjoys good form and climbs onto the table
The two friends will mislead each other when they meet in the Etihad
The couple has been in regular contact since Arteta left, and while Guardiola refuted suggestions that the 37-year-old sought his advice, it became clear how much influence he had.
Arteta said: ‘Pep is very supportive, for me he has been a key figure since I was 15 years old when he was captain of Barcelona. I can ask him any question, I know he will always answer. “