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Guardiola believed in Arteta’s coaching skills before taking Arsenal to the top

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Thursday he believed in Mikel Arteta’s coaching abilities before bringing on Arsenal in peak in the Premier League, praising the club from north London for continuing to believe in his chances under his former assistant. Arteta, who was the captain of Arsenal when he was a player of club, worked as Guardiola’s assistant at City from 2016 to 2019 before taking charge of Arsenal. The team of coach Arteta lead the English Premier League with 50 points from 19 games and are five points clear of second-placed City in standings, who played a match in more. The two sides will meet tomorrow, Friday, at the Etihad Stadium, in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Guardiola told reporters on Thursday: “I don’t know the extent of my influence on Arteta, but his influence on me is been huge to be a better coach. I have known his abilities since he was here (at City). The biggest compliment goes to Arsenal because the club kept and trusted him in the worst moments. And to do so they had to support him and that’s why time and investment are needed because the results will come. “Everyone has a dream about him. I know he went in club he rooted for and was her captain, loves the club. I remember when we were scoring he was jumping for joy but he didn’t do it against a team that was Arsenal, and I said this guy loves Arsenal. Guardiola has rejected the idea of ​​regretting the transfer of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal last summer. The two participated on a regular basis with Arsenal in this season and each has played at least 15 games in all competitions, despite suffering various injuries. “(Zinchenko) and Gabriel have been fantastic for us,” said Guardiola. We respect them a lot. We want to beat them, but when they succeed we are happy.” Guardiola spoke about the physical condition of Phil Foden, who suffers from a foot injury, and said: “He is improving. We trained tonight and everyone is fine.” It will be the first meeting on Friday between the two teams in this season, after their league match was postponed earlier this season due to the circumstances of Queen Elizabeth’s death. (Reuters)


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