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Arteta sends class message to Guardiola after Arsenal beat Chelsea to win FA Cup

Arteta was delighted after the final whistle (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has thanked Pep Guardiola for his part in moulding him as a manager after the Spaniard picked up his first piece of silverware as a coach with Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

Arteta was under Guardiola’s wing at Manchester City for three years, learning from one of the top coaches in world football, before replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates in December.

That vital experience under Pep looks to have played a pivotal role in the 38-year-old’s development as he led the north London club to their record 14th FA Cup victory at Wembley.

Speaking after the final whistle, Arteta was quick to give thanks to his former mentor.

‘I miss my family so much they have been all the way with me,’ Arteta told BT Sport after the game.

‘Thank you as well I have to thank you Pep in a very big way because I am a manager in a big part to him so I think I have to consider that as well.’

Guardiola was Arteta’s mentor at City (Picture: Getty Images)

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