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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his disbelief over proposals that Mikel Arteta could lose his job ahead of their meeting this weekend.
Arsenal have endured their worst start to a league season ever. They are meaningless and goalless after two Premier League matches, even though they put six past West Brom in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. The pressure has already increased on boss Arteta.
The club’s fans have high expectations as this is his second full season at the helm. In addition to this fact, their summer expenses have been plentiful.
But nonetheless, they have suffered Covid-19 problems and are still unable to field their strongest team.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s lunch start, Guardiola said (via Manchester Evening News): “Two games. They’ve played two games, not 20 or 50. Sometimes I think the leaders are crazy about doing the job.
“They trust Mikel a lot because they spend money on strengthening the team. Why do we not give more time to build teams, the people who want success right away, everything is given, you need time.
“The meaning we have here, we know what it is.”
Guardiola accepts his former assistant at the Etihad. The pair spent three years together at City as Arteta developed her coaching skills.
Since Arteta left to take the Arsenal job, he has been defeated four times by his former ally and won only one victory in the semi-finals of the FA Cup 2019/20.
The city couple’s statues go up before kick-off
Away from tomorrow’s action on the pitch, statues of David Silva and Vincent Kompany will be erected off the ground before kick-off.
“Decision for the club, for our chairman, a great compliment to them for their unique career,” Guardiola added. “They help to be who we are right now.
“Hopefully David and Vincent and their families can be happy with this fantastic gesture and I’m sure there will be more players in the future.
“They help me a lot, Vincent was a unique captain. Incredible leader, inspires many moments. I’m sure he’s going to be manager here in Manchester City, that’s my wish.
“David was consistent when we won the Premier League with 100 points and 98 points. He was a key player.
“A couple of players I saw as dominant move in my pockets as him. He led through an example, not like Vinny with the wars. David did as you should be a professional. I was grateful and honored.
“My career is full of examples of being honored to be a coach for exceptional players, and those were two of them.”
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