Pep Guardiola replies when asked about Mikel Arteta being linked with Arsenal

Pep Guardiola has his say on the reports linking Mikel Arteta with the Arsenal job

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Pep Guardiola says he would like Mikel Arteta to stay at Manchester City amid reports linking him with the Arsenal manager’s job.

Arteta is currently the assistant coach at Manchester City after having taken up the role back in 2016 under Guardiola.

The former Arsenal midfielder has been touted as a possible candidate to take over from Unai Emery at The Emirates following the north London club’s stuttering form this season.

Guardiola is backing Arteta to make an excellent manager one day but he admits that he will stay at Manchester City to work under him for the foreseeable future.

Asked about the rumours linking Arteta with Arsenal, Guardiola said: “I think for my news Unai Emery is manager for Arsenal, so…

“Of course he [Arteta] will be a manager sooner or later. If I was in his position, as an assistant coach as young as he is, always we will have that. Now we are going to finish this season and in the future I don’t know what is going to happen.”

He continued: “I would like honestly for him to stay with us as long as possible. Not just Pep, Manchester City has an incredibly valuable person to work in this club for the future.

“But personal life is personal life. Professional desires are professional, each one. Everyone, not just me, are more than satisfied to have him here, but what will happen at the end of the season I don’t know.”

Arsenal are currently under pressure after a poor run of form in the Premier League left them off the pace in the race for Champions League qualification.

The north London side are down in eighth place in the Premier League table and have only won four of their opening 13 top-flight games this term, and they are winless in their last five.

The Gunners will attempt to get back to winning ways in the English top flight when they travel to Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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