‘They have something special already’ – Pep Guardiola expects Arsenal to rise again under former Man City assistant Mikel Arteta

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Pep Guardiola has backed Arsenal to emerge as contenders for football’s top prizes under his former partner Mikel Arteta.

The Man City boss reluctantly parted with his assistant manager in December when Arteta took the Gunners job – and the pair will meet in the FA Cup final tonight, live on talkSPORT.


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Arteta has managed to steady the ship, but Arsenal are still guaranteed to record their lowest ever Premier League points tally this season.

FA Cup success would certainly go some way to lifting the mood, but Guardiola reckons the Gunners will be back at the top of English football very soon.

Guardiola said: “I expect a terribly tough, tough, tough game, because they have something special already.

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“They have team spirit. Mikel has created. From the outside – maybe I’m wrong – but what I see in their games, how they celebrate, how they fight for every single ball, they are creating something special for this club. Everybody fights for each other.

“It’s one of the elite clubs in English football of the last 20 or 30 years.

“I’m pretty sure the right person to bring them back to the position of before – there is no better person to do the job than Mikel.

“I have a feeling he is creating something unique and if he can be supported by the club in terms of investment, and get the players that they need, they’ll be a contender for the next years.”

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, talkSPORT reports

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