Guardiola urges Arsenal not fire Arteta


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reckons that Arsenal needs to stick to Mikel Arteta because it would be a “big mistake” for the Gunners to sack the Spanish mentor after suffering a 4-1 defeat at the expense of the Citizens in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday night.

Things aren’t going well for the London-based outfit in the new season as they are without a win in eight domestic league and cup games.

“I’m pretty sure they are going to trust him. They will do a big mistake if they are thinking of dismissing him,” said Man City boss in a post-match interview.

Meanwhile, Arteta said that he has no plans to walk away from his role and feels he has the support of the club.

The Arsenal mentor left the Citizens where he was Guardiola’s assistant a year ago to take charge at Emirates Stadium.

Guardiola says that he knows that Arteta is incredible as a human being and especially as a manager, and how he is involved in everything.

“It’s just a question of time and he will do well,” adds Guardiola.

“Football changes in one week so quick. I can speak about my experience alongside him – one of the most incredible, successful teams in English history we had, and he was part of this success.

“It would not be possible without him. To create something like this you need time like I had in my first season.”

Arteta also added: “There isn’t any other way. It’s a really hard result to take, but we have to look at things that can help us in the future.”

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By Mauwane Raophala

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