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Pep Guardiola’s Mikel Arteta feelings clear amid shock Arsenal exit claims

Pep Guardiola’s Mikel Arteta feelings clear amid shock Arsenal exit claims

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is being rumored to potentially leave the Emirates following previous remarks by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who hinted at Arteta possibly succeeding him at the Etihad.

Recent reports from Spain suggest Arteta might take over from Xavi at Barcelona after the iconic midfielder announced his departure from Nou Camp.

However, Arteta is currently under contract with Arsenal until 2025, and discussions are ongoing regarding a new deal.

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Should Arteta decide to part ways with Arsenal in the future, one possible destination could be Manchester City if Guardiola decides to step down.

The two worked together at City for over three years before Arteta left his position as assistant manager to take over as Arsenal’s head coach in December 2019.

“I’m pretty sure [he’ll succeed me]. He will have success,” Guardiola said about Arteta in September 2019. “Sooner or later it’s going to happen [Arteta becoming a manager]. He’s a young, young manager. He has experience already, handling big players and big teams.

“He’s got an incredible work ethic. He has a special talent to analyse what happens and to find solutions. We talk a lot about what he believes and how he feels.”

Guardiola praised Arteta for sharing a similar understanding of the game and also commended the character of the former Everton midfielder.

“He’s so happy when we win but suffers when we don’t and that is why he tries to find a solution,” he added.

“He’s an incredible human being, with incredible values about what it means in the locker room to be together, and he is already an incredible manager and he’ll have incredible success in his future. We see the football in really quite a close way.”

Guardiola’s existing contract with City is set to conclude by the end of the 2024/25 season, yet he has previously suggested the possibility of prolonging his tenure at the Etihad Stadium.

“I signed a contract for another two years because I feel comfortable – and nothing has changed whether we won (the treble) or didn’t win,” he said in August last year.

“I am happy and the people are happy, the board and the hierarchy especially, because they decide in the end which manager is going to lead this group of players.

“If they are satisfied, I am still satisfied. I want to defend what we won and maybe at the end of the season, if I am tired, we will talk with the club – or maybe extend more.”

Pep Guardiola’s Mikel Arteta feelings clear amid shock Arsenal exit claims

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