The Gunners boss is no longer working under Guardiola’s direction but still often asks for advice.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke of his respect and admiration for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who is still often asked for advice on coaching.
Arteta worked as Guardiola’s assistant from 2016 until becoming Unai Emery’s successor as Arsenal manager last December.
Earlier this month, Arteta returned to Etihad Stadium as an opponent and his troops were beaten 3-0 by City, in the inaugural match of the English Premier League this 2019/20 season after being stopped due to the corona virus pandemic.
He has the opportunity to avenge the defeat before the season ends with Arsenal and City being met in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Arteta knew the magnitude of the challenges facing Arsenal, but acknowledged that in order to achieve the greatest achievements the path was to defeat the big teams.
“We have been talking regularly in the last few weeks. Returning to face them in the semi-finals is difficult, but look at the level of the teams involved in the competition,” said the Spaniard.
“If you want to be champions, then you have to beat the best teams and in this case we have to beat City.”
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Arteta may no longer be working under Guardiola’s direction, but he admitted that he was still often in touch to ask for his advice.
“Yes, he is a figure that I really respect and admire, and we talk about many things,” he added.
“When I need advice or need his support, he is always there and willing to help me. For me, it’s great to have someone like him.”