Sunday, February 25, 2024

Arteta: Guardiola has been a huge influence

When Arsenal return to Premier League action on Wednesday night, the occasion will be tinged with emotion for Mikel Arteta.

It was his diagnosis with Covid-19 that saw the cessation of football in the UK and, of course, he’ll be facing the club he left last November to take over as Arsenal boss.

The 37 year old spent three and a half years alongside Pep Guardiola in the dug-out at Man City, helping develop young players and win trophies at the City of Manchester Stadium.

His relationship with Pep goes back to Barcelona, where Arteta spent time as a young player before forging his career with PSG, Rangers, Real Sociedad, Everton and Arsenal – where he became captain of the club after his 2011 arrival.

It’s obviously a special moment for the Spaniard, and he had nothing but positives to describe the impact Guardiola has had on his career.

“Well, he was an influence for me since I was 15 years old and we met at Barcelona, both as players,” he said

“And in my coaching career and my personal life, he has an enormous influence. If I have to talk about the person he is, his values, the way he has treated me and how he deals with the players and the staff around him, its phenomenal.

“As a coach, I have learned so much from him, we have spent some amazing moments together, some difficult ones as well, but the experience next to him has been incredible.”

Quite what the football is going to be like after three months without playing remains to be seen, something Arteta acknowledges will be a big challenge.

“We’ve been working to try and maintain and improve the level that we were playing at before and improve the result as well,” he said.

“But there are some uncertainties that we don’t know how we’re going to respond to. All I can tell you is that we’ve been doing as much as possible to try to get into this moment with the best possible chance.”

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Must be difficult to figure out tactically how Pep or indeed any team will adjust.

Firstly by because of no recent games to analyse
Secondly you don’t know the overall fitness levels of each team.
Thirdly will the reactive or overall aim to be conserve energy in first half Vs a change in the second half.

Personally I am interested to see which teams are more cautious and which are more aggressive in terms of attacking/defensive bias of their own team

Ya Gooner

City are rarely cautious. I expect them to come out early and try wrap the game up. Whether we can punish the space they leave will be the question.


if only Arteta had been appointed first time around


Beg to differ, we wouldn’t be so patient towards him. And looking at the results of his first few games, there will be too much noise around, he’s inexperience, why him, blah blah. Remember when the rumour of him taking over the first time? and he will probably get sack by the start of this season if the results was not good. The pressure of taking over from Wenger was on Emery with him taking over. It helps to bridge expectations.   Arteta taking over now is a much better timing. We finally seen someone else doing the job as… Read more »

Dave cee

Maybe SMH. For sure after the shit show that was the Europa final and this season under Unai I was much more ready to embrace Arteta than I probably would have been 1st time round. However, when you hear him speak I.m pretty sure he would have won me over fairly quickly. I was definitely ready for a change from Wenger


In other words, Water is wet.

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