Pep Guardiola speaks on Mikel Arteta being linked to Arsenal

Pep Guardiola speaks on Mikel Arteta being linked to Arsenal

With Mikel Arteta linked to the Arsenal job, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola notes that his assistant must decide whether he believes he is ready to step into management.

Arsenal parted ways with Unai Emery after a poor string of results that culminated in the 1-2 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt and installed Freddie Ljungberg as the interim manager. 

Arteta was a candidate to replace Arsene Wenger in 2018 but Arsenal eventually opted for the experience of Emery but his name has popped up once again in the list of managers take over the job.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of their clash against Arsenal, Guardiola noted that Arteta's future at City is in his own hands, "You can be a 45-year-old and believe you’re not ready [to become a manager] and 35 and believe you’re ready.

"Only he knows. I’ve spoken about the situation a few weeks ago, there’s no more to add. I said two weeks ago, he’s got two weeks more experience, so he’s ready."

Guardiola appointed Arteta as his assistant in 2016 and the club allowed him to speak to Arsenal 18 months ago, while there was interest from Everton and Newcastle in the last year.