Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the club will not be replacing assistant manager Mikel Arteta following the Spaniard’s departure to become Arsenal head coach.
Arteta leaves the Etihad after three hugely successful seasons on the club’s coaching staff, joining former club Arsenal in his first appointment as a senior manager following the North London side’s decision to sack the under-performing Unai Emery last month.
The 37-year-old’s decision to leave will come as a blow to the Premier League champions, though Guardiola says he will not look to add to his backroom staff and has wished Arteta all the best for his career at the Emirates.
“We stay with the same people who are here,” he said. “He decided to move there and when you have a dream you cannot stop it, you have to follow your dreams.
“Arsenal was an important part of Mikel’s career, it’s one of the best teams in England, and I wish him all the best. I’m pretty sure he’ll do an excellent job.”
Guardiola’s side return to Premier League action this weekend when they face Leicester City in a huge meeting at the Etihad. Brendan Rodgers high-flying Foxes currently sit second in the division following an impressive start to the campaign, four points ahead of third-placed Man City.
The club’s hopes have been boosted by the return to training of both Sergio Aguero and John Stones ahead of the clash, though David Silva is yet to recover from a knock suffered during the club’s Manchester derby defeat on December 7.
City currently trail leaders Liverpool by a huge 14 points ahead of Saturday evening’s fixture at the Etihad, although Guardiola insists there is plenty left to play for over the coming weeks of the season.
“There are a lot of games to play,” said Guardiola. “The distance we have now can change in a few weeks. We try to prepare for the game tomorrow as best as possible.”
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