Mikel Arteta gives encouraging update on Pep Guardiola’s Man City contract situation
Pep Guardiola is happy at Manchester City, according to friend and former assistant Mikel Arteta, as speculation continues to surround the Catalan’s contract situation.
City are calm about the situation, and are hopeful of persuading Guardiola to stay at the Etihad, but no extension has been signed yet.
So fans may be encouraged by the thoughts of Arsenal boss Arteta, who is preparing to face his former club on Saturday for the third time, winning once and losing once. The Gunners’ manager suggested happiness is the key to keeping Guardiola at the club, and his recent comments suggest he is content with his current squad.
“It’s up to him,” Arteta said.
“The last time I heard an interview he was still really happy there and he was talking about the future, some of the signings they have done recently they are really young players so I don’t know. I just want to see him happy.”
Arteta also expanded on any advantages he may or may not have given his close history with Guardiola’s coaching staff and squad, but pointed out that City will have the same knowledge of him.
He explained: “I know him really well because we worked together for four years and very closely. We both know how we think and the solutions that can be made.
“After is to try to prevent them executing on the football pitch when everything is going a hundred miles an hour which is very difficult, much more difficult than just on tactics boards.”
Arteta has overseen considerable improvement in Arsenal’s performances since taking over almost a year ago, but he wouldn’t accept a notion that they are at the same level as City or Liverpool just yet.
He said: “The fixtures at Manchester City and Liverpool are, I think, getting really tough. The fixtures we have in the next few weeks will be really difficult. We know the opponent we are facing. We know the level we have to be individually and collectively to beat them.
“We haven’t had much time to prepare the game because today is our first training session all together but we’ll try to go to Manchester to win the game.
“We have to be at a really top level individually and collectively to beat them.”