What Guardiola said about Mikel Arteta Replacing Emery

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Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola hit back at claims he will leave club

Pep Guardiola has suggested his assistant, Mikel Arteta, could become an excellent manager in the wake of rumors linking him to replace Arsenal coach Unai Emery at Emirates.

Various reports has suggested Arsenal chiefs are wants to have talks with Arteta and the former Juventus manager, Max Allegri was also tipped to fill in for Emery at Emirates after they drew home a disappointing 2-2 against Southampton ion Saturday.

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However, Guardiola reacting as quoted by Metro UK as said: “I think for my news Unai Emery is the 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 added: “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, is more than satisfied to have him here, but what will happen at the end of the season I don’t know.”

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Arteta, a former Arsenal midfielder, has enjoyed much success as an assistant to Guardiola at Manchester City.

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