Pep Guardiola gives his verdict on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal reign so far

Pep Guardiola is full of praise for his former assistant Mikel Arteta.

Pep Guardiola has praised the impact that Mikel Arteta has had on Arsenal since he was named the manager of the Gunners.

Arteta was hired as the replacement for Unai Emery last year and the Spaniard has made a huge impact on the club.

Arsenal has won just a single Premier League game under the former midfielder but there have been clear signs of improvement.

Their draw against Burnley over the weekend wasn’t the result that Arteta would have liked but it means they remain unbeaten this year.

Pep Guardiola was asked about his former assistant manager after his side’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham in London and he insisted that he was happy with the progress that his fellow Spaniard has made and he claimed that Arteta was happy to be managing Arsenal.

When asked about how much he missed Arteta and if he was still talking with him, Guardiola said as quoted in the Metro:

‘I know he’s incredibly happy there. ‘He’s doing a great job. ‘His team when I saw some games are doing really well and I’m so happy for him.’

Arteta now takes his team to Dubai for the mid-season winter break and no doubt he will take that time to further improve the squad. When they return, they will face Newcastle United on the 16th of this month.


  1. Sue says:

    Awww good old Pep… maybe he’ll join us as Mikel’s assistant 😜
    Funny seeing what has been said about Arteta leaving them and Sterling’s form dipping (or I’d say plummeting!!)

    1. ken1945 says:

      Sue, I watched spuds versus city yesterday and, once more, Dein made a pigs ear of refereeing in my opinion.

      However, back to the topic…I know pep was responding to a question, but I would have thought his concerns were nearer home – it seems having the money to buy any player you want (if said player wants to go of course) simply doesn’t guarantee success – how can anyone excuse his team from being so far behind liverfool?

      Wasn’t that a stick to beat our ex manager with by the media and certain of our own fans?
      Can’t see the media asking him that kind of telling question – rather they focus on our club!!!

      Having said that, when you have a referee who celebrates spuds scoring in a match he is refereeing, it was really 12 against 10.

      1. Sue says:

        I watched it too, Ken.. and at first I couldn’t believe he waved that penalty away….but then, having thought about it,this is Mike Dean we’re talking about, as you rightly said he once (maybe more) cheered the spuds scoring, so no surprise really considering who the home team was! Thank you, VAR. He’s terrible, Ken.. I really can’t stand him.
        I agree with you and I’m absolutely amazed at the gap between the 2. Have injuries blighted them? To a degree, yes, but with all their money and depth, you’d have thought they’d have enough in their locker!! Pep said you’d better ask the premier league owner about that 😂
        And tbh most weeks it is like playing against 12 men! And it’s not just us!!! Wow!! Haha!

  2. John0711 says:

    Martin can you tell my why my previous comment on the Mustafi thread was removed . The article is by Marcus brus and was based around a few peoples comments rather than facts

    Are we only allowed to comment if we agree !

    1. Admin Martin says:

      No idea, will have a look

    2. Admin Martin says:

      OK, I recall now. I deleted it. I cannot believe you are seriously asking why it was removed? By all means, disagree with an article but using abuse even with a load of characters to disguise the word is just not on. That comment contributed absolutely nothing. Be better when you disagree.

  3. gotanidea says:

    Who cares about what other managers said about our head coach? It’s always a diplomatic speech as usual

    What will matter is Liverpool’s defeat before they beat the Invincibles’ record. I don’t think I would live long enough to see Arsenal beat Liverpool’s record and stop the Scousers’ bragging

    1. Sue says:

      Unfortunately, the scousers bragging is eternal, my friend ☹

    2. Vaffangool says:

      It matters because Pep Guardiola is the man from whom Mikel Arteta learned to manage a football club in the course of winning the last two Premier League championships.

      Guardiola also holds three separate records for most consecutive wins, in the three most important leagues in football—the Premier League, La Liga, and the Bundesliga.

      Real Gooners have respect for the sport. He’s not just some other gaffer, he learned from Johan Cruyff for crying out loud.

      1. ken1945 says:

        Vaffangool, no-ones criticising his past history and I agree compleletly that “real Gooners have respect for the sport” but what is relevant is today and what is happening.

        Pep is nineteen points behind pool, despite having unlimited resources that MA can only dream of under kronkie.

        His thoughts on Mikel, while very nice and loyal, have nothing to do with what MA has to face, following thred and a half years of mis-management.

        As I said, he was replying to a media question, but even if he had said that MA’s performance was awful….it doesn’t mean a thing, because pep has never had the experiences that MA has found himself in at our club.

        At least not until now and that massive gap in points should be what he and the media are addressing.

    3. Bett kipkoech says:

      Absolutly right we still require our histry livepool must lose

  4. Cosmas Ahomo says:

    Arsenal does not have brave strikers like other teams. Moving the ball without scoring is not real football and Captain Auba must learn to compose himself once in the box to score more goals.Most of the players are hasty and rusty and give away balls to opponents.

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