The Spaniard spent three-and-a-half years as Guardiola’s assistant before leaving City for his first senior role in management at Arsenal following Unai Emery’s dismissal back in December.
Earlier this month, it was a case of master triumphing over apprentice as Guardiola’s men swept Arsenal aside with a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the Premier League.
Arteta is desperate for an improved performance when the two sides meet again in just over three weeks’ time and knows his team have to start beating the best if they are to begin competing for trophies.
The winners of that semi-final will take on either Chelsea or Manchester United on May 23.
‘We have spoken a few times in recent weeks,’ the Arsenal head coach said at his press conference on Tuesday.
‘Facing them in the semi-final is tricky but if you…