Pep Guardiola gives his opinion on Mikel Arteta managerial prospects

Pep Guardiola tips Mikel Arteta to become a club manager “sooner or later”

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has tipped Arsenal managerial target, Mikel Arteta, to be a manager sooner than we all expect.

Arteta has been with Pep Guardiola as assistant manager of Manchester City since the former Barcelona boss move to England.

Before that, Arteta had spent the final five years of his playing career at Arsenal. He was also one of the eight candidates that were linked with the Arsenal job when Arsene Wenger resigned from his position.

Unai Emery was given the job but he hasn’t built on the success he achieved in his first campaign at the Emirates.

Arteta has now been installed as one of the favourites to succeed Emery as he comes under renewed pressure.

Guardiola, when asked about the possibility of Arteta’s departing, said per The Independent,

”Of course he [Arteta] will be a manager sooner or later. If I was in his position, as an assistant coach as young as he is, always we will have that.

“Now we are going to finish this season and in the future I don’t know what is going to happen.”

When pressed whether the best thing for Arteta’s potential as a manager would be to remain working under him, Guardiola added: “I would like honestly for him to stay with us as long as possible. Not just Pep, Manchester City has an incredibly valuable person to work in this club for the future.

“But personal life is personal life. Professional desires are professional, each one. Everyone, not just me, are more than satisfied to have him here, but what will happen at the end of the season I don’t know.”

Not sure how to read that, to be honest. From what I can tell Guardiola is talking about the end of the season, not now.


  1. gotanidea says:

    I don’t think this is going to happen, because Arteta would need a two-year contract from Arsenal before leaving his stable job at Man City

    On the other had, Henry or Ljungberg might have no problem in working as a caretaker till the rest of the season

    1. Phil says:

      Henry is now managing in Canada so I can’t see him quitting after 10 days.Can you?And after his collapse at Monaco do you seriously feel Henry would be considered?

      1. gotanidea says:

        Oh I thought he is jobless

        A manager can be successful at a club and failed at another

        Arsenal might consider Henry because the fans love him

        1. Diogenes says:

          Yeah, but Henry is clueless as far as managing goes.
          It goes beyond what he did at Monaco.
          Remember: this is a guy who suggested Kolasinac should be moved to CB because of his physical strength. I mean, that idea itself is a sackable offence – the guy can barely defend as a wing back.

  2. Declan says:

    Lowest points amount after 13 games since 1983/84 season!
    Nuno of Wolves is favourite to replace Emery.

    1. Phil says:

      Declan-that was the Terry Neil era ( or end of it ). Do you remember how bad we were Then? I do.And we are certainly no better now under Emery that’s for sure.

    2. gotanidea says:

      Nuno was one of the big reasons on why Valencia were almost relegated. But he seems to have learned a lot from his previous managerial experience, by making Wolves stronger

      This shows that a manager can be a perfect match for a club, but he can also be a disaster. That’s why Emery fails at Arsenal, despite the success at other clubs

      Nuno’s three-CB formation will be good for Arsenal currently, because our team’s defense is pathetic. He would also be reunited with Mustafi, another culprit at the relegation zone Valencia

  3. Arsene Earl-Spencer says:

    I honestly feel that we should snap Allegri or Luis Enrique, proven winners and more experienced coaches instead of the greenhorns like arteta, Henry, lujnberge etc or else we’ll be starting @ relegation this season or next.

  4. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Despite that the media outlets have sacked Arsenal head coach Unai Emery many times over during this season’s campaign, but the experience coach Emery is still on his head coach Job at Arsenal pushing on despite he’s being put under sever pressure by the Gooners to resign or be sacked by the club.

    But nevertheless, Just like Mauricio Pochettino, the recently sacked Tottenham Hotspur head coach but let me ask to be pardoned. But notwithstanding, I cannot in anyway bring myself to the point whereby I’ll accep to see the former injury prone ex-Gunner and erstwhile Arsenal captain who was passing sideways and backward when he was playing for Arsenal for 5 years being given the Arsenal head coach hotseat job by the club’s management hierarchy bosses to sit on it to manage the Gunners. This is because apart of both Pochettino, excuse me, and Arteta have not any title winning record on their CVs either as a substantive coach or an ex-player like Frank Lampard, the ex-Blues player now coaching the club as head coach. And that’s a big problem for Arteta in particular he is still a coaching apprentice at Man City who is still learning the trade of head coach job under the tutulage of Pep Guardiola a world a claimed successful club football senior coach. But if Arteta has finished taking his lessons from Guardiola at Man City. The proper or normal thing for Arteta I think to first do imo is to join a lower League PL club side or a Championship club to start putting what he has learnt under Guardiola into practice to see if it’ll come off successfully for him in the short or in the long run. But he can’t just jump into the PL top club side Arsenal as the club’s head coach to start experimenting. For that will be a predictable gamble that’s not guaranteed not to fail if Arsenal employed him at this infancy stage in his coaching career. I think Pep Guardiola is trying to play a fast one on Arsenal so that they will continue to come short in major title winning by trying to push Arteta to Arsenal to take him but knowing fully well that Arteta doesn’t have the required managerial expertise yet that could make him succeed at Arsenal as head coach.

    And in this case of Pochettino, he may not improve Arsenal significantly beyond the level they are at the moment in the PL finishing 5th or 6th in the table and reaching the Europa League Cup semi–final or final last season but no cigar. Just like him Pochettino took Spurs to the UCL final last seasoning but lost. But maybe but just maybe, he may take Arsenal to the PL top-four table finish in one or some seasons that he’s incharge of the club as head coach if they recruit him.

  5. Gunnerphilic says:

    Arteta would be an interesting option for sure. But going by what Pep said in this article, it is not going to happen till season’s end. So, end of story.

  6. Gunner22 says:

    Let us evaluate the prospects
    Arteta – boring player, no titles to his name, living under the shadow of Pep, has an incredible squad at City, yet never have they reached the UCL finals, poor this year. They have the players to deliver results unlike Arsenal.Another disaster waiting to happen in the next 12 -16 months
    Poch – just sacked from Spurs, whats deemed not good for Spurs, can it be good for Arsenal? Has won nothing in 5 years, not even the Carabao Cup! Is that good enough for Arsenal. If top 4 and round of 16 is our goal, then Poch seems okay, if not another calamity in 18 months
    Max Allegri – Had the best of squad, could not make it to the UCL finals, won majors in a one horse race, communication barrier, disaster waiting to happen.
    Eric Tan Hag – excellent coach in grooming young, nimble players, but can he make Socrates,Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Ozil, Xhaka excel? Not in a 1000 years. Would work magic with Pepe, Nelson, Saka, Gabriel, Saliba, Tierney, even AMN. Very good coach, would like to have him at Arsenal.But unfortunately some of the above mentioned older players could create problems for him.
    I would rather keep Emery to see out this 3 year contract and remove all the trash from the club then hire Eric to take us forward. The problems facing Emery is that most of the players are lethargic / slow.

  7. Has Emery’s failure made Arteta a great manager or has Arteta been good enough all along. I remember before we got Emery, rumours of Arteta’s imminent appointment were greeted with much despair, frustration and even disgust from some sections of the fanbase. Dare I say, the Arteta rumours were a key contributer to fans acceptance of Emery who there were also doubts about. I was one of those fans unfortunately, who desperately ran into the arms of Emery in fear of Arteta. Anyway, let’s not rush and appoint a mediocre manager because of desperation. Let’s get it right this time.

  8. SAGooner says:

    Henry is definitely not the answer- good player does not equal good coach just as good artisan does not equal good workshop foreman.

  9. william says:

    Who was pep wen he became barca head coach but he won everybody over with is style of play and I think Arteta will do well in that regard…

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