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Guardiola warns Arsenal against ‘big mistake’ of sacking Arteta as Man City edge closer to fourth successive Carabao Cup triumph

Pep Guardiola has warned Arsenal against a ‘big mistake’ in sacking Mikel Arteta after Manchester City thrashed the Gunners 4-1 to move into the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

Arsenal‘s poor run of form continued with a home humbling in the last eight of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, as holders City edged closer to a fourth consecutive triumph with a comprehensive victory at the Emirates.

Arteta’s position has come under scrutiny following the north London side’s worst-ever start to a Premier League season, whilst the defeat to City extended their run without a win in domestic competitions to eight fixtures.

After a positive start to his reign with the club, Arteta – who left a coaching position at Manchester City to take charge of the Gunners – is under huge pressure, though Guardiola has warned Arsenal they would be making a ‘big mistake’ in sacking the Spaniard.

“I’m pretty sure they are going to trust him,” said Guardiola when asked if Arsenal need to stick with Arteta.

“They will do a big mistake if they are thinking [of sacking him].”

Guardiola reiterated his belief that his former assistant will come through the difficult spell and has urged Arsenal to retain faith in the manager’s methods, insisting his compatriot needs ‘time’ to turn around the club’s fortunes.

“I know his incredible quality as a human being and especially as a manager, how he is involved in everything,” added the City boss.

“It’s just a question of time and he will do well.

“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.”

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