- Planet Football
- 14 th October 2020
The pair’s relationship stretches back over two decades, when Guardiola was winding down his playing career at boyhood club Barcelona and Arteta was following in his footsteps and emerging through the youth set-up, prior to the duo reunited as manager and assistant manager at Manchester City.
City cruised to a 3-0 success in Arteta’s very first visit back to the Etihad since being designating Arsenal supervisor last December, however he got his vengeance with a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley in August. There’s always been shared adoration between the two.
Pep on Arteta
” He’s assisted me a lot,” Guardiola told The Times last September, discussing his assistant at the time.
” From the first day, so not simply the last 2 seasons, from the first day. He has an unbelievable work ethic, and he has a special skill to analyse what takes place, and to find the services.
” We talk a lot about what he believes and feels and so on. He assisted me a lot, especially in the very first year. He knew the Premier League– like for example in video games versus Stoke or whatever.
” He can tell me about the gamers we will deal with better than myself, because he bet them and remained in the Premier League for 10 or 11 years. That’s a very long time.
” He’s so happy when we win however suffers when we do not and that is why he looks for a solution. He’s an incredible person, with amazing worths about what it means in the locker room to be together, and he is already an amazing manager and he’ll have amazing success in his future.
” We see the football in really quite a close way.”
” They could be brothers!
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 18, 2020
Guardiola has maintained the exact same considerate and lovely tone because Arteta left to prosper Unai Emery at Toolbox and was looking forward to their very first conference as opposition matches in the very first match back after the lockdown hiatus in the summer season.
” I’m so fired up to see him, one of the best individuals I ever met. It was a happiness for me and for everybody to deal with him,” he said pre-match.
” The sensation I have is he mores than happy there and doing an extraordinary task. I’m eagerly anticipating seeing him.”
The City employer later added when coming up against Arteta’s Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final back in July, which the Gunners went on win 2-0: “They have something unique currently, they have a team spirit Mikel has produced.
” I see from the side how they celebrate goals, how they fight for every ball. They have started to develop something special for the club. We approach Toolbox like we do the other ones.
” Toolbox was among the elite clubs in English football for the last 20, 30 years. I am pretty sure he is the right individual to take them back to the position they were.
” When the club supports him there is no much better person to do the task than Mikel.
Arteta on Pep
” Well, he [Guardiola] was an influence for me considering that I was 15 years of ages and we fulfilled at Barcelona, both as gamers,” said the Gunners coach ahead of his very first managerial conference with his old coach in June.
” And in my coaching profession and my individual life, he has a huge impact.
” If I have to talk about the person he is, his worths, the way he has treated me and how he deals with the players and the personnel around him, it’s phenomenal.
” As a coach, I have actually discovered so much from him, we have invested some incredible minutes together, some hard ones too, however the experience next to him has been unbelievable.”
— The Pep (@GuardiolaTweets) August 1, 2020
” He has actually been a key figure in my development as a coach,” he added in his post-match interview after leading Toolbox to the FA Cup at Wembley in August.
” He has my appreciation.