Arsenal will get better under Mikel Arteta.
That is the view of Pep Guardiola whom the Gunners’ head coach worked alongside for just over three years at Manchester City prior to making his return to the Emirates Stadium in December 2019.
Wednesday night will show just how far the north London outfit have come under Arteta as the reverse meeting at the Emirates Stadium – a 3-0 win for City – was his final league game as Guardiola’s assistant coach.
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Since then the Gunners have lost just once in the league – ironically in Arteta’s first official home game in charge against Chelsea just after Christmas – and have a chance at sealing a top-four finish.
Although, defeat in the Europa League round of 32 stage against Olympiacos coupled with a few indifferent performances and questionable team selections have highlighted just how big of a job Arteta has on his hands.
But in a prediction that is sure to delight Arsenal supporters, Guardiola insists the future is bright under the Spaniard.
“I was convinced he would be a manager when the opportunity comes and this was the opportunity for him,” Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference, as per the Manchester Evening News .
“His ideas are already in the team, his positional play is getting better.
“I’m convinced Arsenal will get better.”
Guardiola also revealed how often he’s been in contact with Arteta ahead of the meeting.
“Very often,” Guardiola added. “He doesn’t need my help.
“We talk about everything, family, friends, colleagues, how he’s settling the team.”
The game will mark Arteta’s second time managing at the Etihad Stadium.
However, things didn’t go to plan for Arteta the first time.
City were shocked 2-1 by Ligue 1 outfit Lyon in the Champions League with Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir getting on the scoresheet in a game which Guardiola had to watch from the stands.