Pep Guardiola has backed Mikel Arteta to bring ‘success’ to Arsenal as he prepares to welcome his former assistant back to the Etihad tomorrow evening.
The Manchester City manager will face off against Arteta for the first time since his compatriot’s departure to take charge at the Emirates in December, the pair having worked together for three seasons in Manchester, winning back-to-back Premier League titles and a domestic treble.
Arteta has since returned to north London in his first senior coaching role, enjoying a promising start to life at the club with the Gunners currently unbeaten in their past eight Premier League fixtures.
Guardiola has monitored the 37-year-old’s progress since his move away from City to their divisional rivals, and has backed Arteta to bring the Gunners success in the coming seasons.
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“I said three or four years ago he would be a manager when the right opportunity came for him,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
“I am pretty sure Arsenal will have success with him.”
City will be looking to bounce back from Sunday’s Manchester derby defeat when they face Arsenal tomorrow night, though the club have a number of injury concerns ahead of the clash.
Kevin De Bruyne has missed the club’s past two fixtures with a back injury and it remains to be seen whether the Belgian is involved, the club’s crucial Champions League meeting with Real Madrid next week likely to take priority over any decisions regarding ream selection.
Sergio Aguero is also a major doubt after picking up a thigh injury at Old Trafford, whilst Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane are not yet fit to return following hamstring and knee injuries respectively.