Mikel Arteta played a key role in Manchester City’s second goal in the comfortable win over Arsenal.
City opened their Premier League title defence with a 2-0 victory over the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a fine strike, before Bernardo Silva settled matters after a great team move.
Marti Perarnau, the author of two books on Guardiola’s time as Bayern Munich manager, has revealed the role assistant manager Mikel Arteta played.
“Do you remember from Sunday’s game, after the second goal, Pep’s hug with Mikel?” Perarnau told the 93:20 Podcast.
“That was because Mikel said to Mendy, ‘Don’t make a high cross when you get to the end line, make a cut-back along the floor,’ and after that Bernardo scored the goal.
“He [also] talked with Mendy and Sterling to try to make a double pass before the last cut-back.”
No wonder Ivan Gazidis wanted a chat.
Good spot by @Jack_Gaughan yesterday. When Bernardo Silva scored City’s second, Guardiola and Borrell celebrated with Arteta as if he had come up with a little tactical tweak to make the goal possible. https://t.co/PQvlHEy5CX pic.twitter.com/b3dmzgWPX4
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) August 13, 2018