Arteta: “Pep? I prefer to face others”


Mikel Arteta, Arsenal coach (Premier boss)assured this Wednesday that the match for the title of English champion and for the eighth round of the FA Cup will not be affected in his friendship with Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City (2nd in the English championship, 5 points behind the ‘gunners’ and with a game to go). Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant at City between 2016 and 2019, before Arsenal snapped up the Basque to replace Unai Emery. Arsenal and City meet this Friday at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup round of 32.

Regarding these clashes with Guardiola in the Premier and FA Cup, Arteta said on Wednesday: “I always expect them to happen. It won’t change our friendship, how important he is to my life and my profession. We both want to win and defend our clubs in the best possible way. This was the case from the first minute.”

The Arsenal manager admitted that Facing his friend Guardiola “will be a strange feelingI really always want the best for him, honestly, so I would like to face someone else instead of him.” This FA Cup match will be the first meeting between Arsenal and Manchester City this season.

Arteta: “We faced the best team in the world”

With Arteta on his bench, Arsenal won the 2019-20 FA Cup. “This is a very important competition for us and winning will define this moment. It will be a great test, against the best team in the world. It will show us a lot about where we are”, the words of the Emirates group.

Source: La Verdad


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