Guardiola gives verdict on Arteta’s start at Arsenal

Date published: Monday 3rd February 2020 8:30

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks his former assistant Mikel Arteta is doing a “great job” at Arsenal.

The Gunners’ 0-0 draw at Burnley on Sunday meant Arteta has now only won one of his first seven Premier League matches in charge.

Arsenal are tenth in the Premier League table, ten points off the Champions League places but Guardiola thinks his former colleague is doing “really well”.

Guardiola told reporters when asked if City missed Arteta: “I know he’s incredibly happy there.

“He’s doing a great job. His team when I saw some games are doing really well and I’m so happy for him.”

 

Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher doesn’t think Arsenal will make the top four in the Premier League this season.

“I think they’ve actually deserved more in certain games,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“I think the Chelsea one was the real big standout one that really hurt them to lose that game.

“I think at this moment Arsenal, and I’ve been in this position plenty of times with Liverpool, where you get to the middle of January, February and you almost feel like you’ve not got that much to play for.

“They haven’t, they’re not going to get in the top four, they’re not going to obviously go down. Obviously they’ve got the cup competitions but the real big thing is actually getting back in the Champions League and challenging for the Premier League.

“I don’t think performances are ever more important than results but where Arsenal are at now, I think people want to see something that can change only in the summer.

“I think Mikel Arteta was asked there ‘How do you change it?’ – it’s find better players.

“He’s putting what he wants in there, they’re a lot more aggressive, they’re pushing higher up, the back four are pushing up, it was a massive problem for them how deep they were in so many games.

“But that will only change with better players because you still see that line up there for Arsenal, that’s not good enough.”

 

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