Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola still ‘exchange WhatsApp messages’ despite the pair being set to go head to head on Wednesday night.
Arsenal and Manchester City will square off in a behind closed doors game tomorrow when the Premier League resumes.
Arteta will get the chance to test himself against one of the best managers, and teams, in world football as the Gunners desperately look to improve on their ninth-placed position in the table.
The former Arsenal captain worked under Guardiola as his assistant as he saw first hand how the ex-Barcelona boss worked his magic.
Arteta got his first big break in management when Arsenal made their move for him last year but he’s still been getting advice off his pal.
According to the Daily Mail, the pair are in regular contact over WhatsApp, and remain good friends.
Arteta was one of the first people to message Guardiola following the death of his mother after contracting coronavirus in April.
But both managers will put their friendship aside when they meet as mangers for the first time this week.
Arteta has already tried to instil his own style of play on his Gunners team since taking over from Unai Emery.
Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola achieved plenty of success together at Manchester City
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And while Arsenal look a better side he still has plenty of work to do if he is to come close to challenging Guardiola’s men for silverware.
Arteta holds Guardiola in high regard and previously described the three years he spent with him at City as “incredible”.
“First of all the person, it is an incredible pleasure to work alongside someone like him,” Arteta said.