On the 28th at 5:00 am (Korean time) Manchester City and Arsenal clashed in the 4th round of the 2022-2023 England Football Association (FA) Cup, and Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola (52) praised Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta (41). .
The 4th round will be held at Man City’s Etihad Stadium, and this season’s English Premier League (EPL) 1st and 2nd place teams are competing for pride, so there is a lot of interest. Currently, in the EPL, Arsenal is in first place with 50 points (16 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss), and Man City is in second place with 45 points (14 wins, 3 draws, 3 losses). Arsenal still have one less game to play.
Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City before taking over as Arsenal manager. The relationship between the two is so deep.
“When Arteta came here, I knew about his ability for Manchester City,” Guardiola said. It feels like that. I don’t know my role in him, but the impact he had on me was big, huge and very important to becoming a better manager. If I had left, Mikel would have been here, and he would have been the absolute best.”
Guardiola and Arteta won five major trophies during their three seasons together at Manchester City. Arteta became Guardiola’s assistant coach in 2016, and Man City won the EPL twice, the FA Cup once, and the League Cup twice in three seasons.
Arteta subsequently took over as Arsenal manager in December 2019, and Guardiola said it was no surprise that Arteta joined Arsenal, where he played between 2011 and 2016.
Guardiola said: “I am not one to say that anyone should stay with me. Everyone has a dream. I felt that if a team could give him a chance to become a manager, he would leave.”
He continued: “I know he went to ‘his’ club, his dream team. He is a supporter, he loves the club for the fact that he played there and was captain.”
Arteta’s Arsenal is aiming to win the EPL again after 19 seasons of winning the 2003-2004 season. Arteta enjoys competing for the trophy with Guardiola’s Man City, with whom he has deep ties.
“I always hoped that one day it would happen, and this season it is happening,” Arteta said. That won’t change our friendship, the moments we’ve had together, how important he is to my life and how important he is to my career.”