Mikel Arteta is charting his own coaching course, says Pep Guardiola, as the two friends prepare for a clash this weekend.
Pep Guardiola affirms he had no extraordinary impact on the burgeoning managerial career of Mikel Arteta.
In the Europa League, Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Benfica means Arsenal have only won once in their past five games but Guardiola still expects a difficult test from his former understudy, who he does not believe has been having much luck of late.
“What I see the last month or two months, every game Arsenal plays better than the opponent,” he said.
“Our dream as managers is to deserve the results. We play to deserve what we want to get. Sometimes you lose or you win, you cannot control.”
“What we want to deserve he is doing and in the games over the last month, always they are better than the opponent – analysis in terms of controlling the game, creating more chances and conceding few.”
“We must have an incredible performance to play as good as possible with the ball and run a lot in the right tempo to get the ball because they have an exceptional build-up already.”
“In the final third they have incredible energy with [Emile] Smith [Rowe], [Bukayo] Saka and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang.”
“In the future, they will be a real contender to fight for the titles.”