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Arsenal boss Arteta on facing Manchester City

Arsenal boss Arteta on facing Manchester City

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says going back to Etihad to take on Manchester City on Wednesday it will be 'a very special night'. 

Arteta, who worked under Pep Guardiola as the assistant coach will lead the Gunners on Wednesday in a Premier League clash. Ahead of the tie, Arteta admits it will be a very special night for him. 

"It's going to be a very special night, I am very excited to get back there. I have some fantastic memories, a lot of friends, a lot of people that I like. But obviously, now I am in a different position, another bench and I will defend my club as well as I can," said Arteta as quoted by the club's official website. 


"It gives me a very clear idea of what they are trying to do, what they will be looking to do, but it's something different to be able to stop that and as well create the issues that I think we can create for them. That has to happen on the day when they are at their best, we know what they are capable of doing, the variation they have. At the end of the day, it's about the players on the pitch and their performance."

"I don't know, I wasn't here, I cannot judge what was going on behind the scenes, I know the team that I took, where we are right now and I think we've come along and made progress in a lot of areas, and there are still other areas where we have to improve a lot of things." 

On whether he is still talking to Guardiola

"Right now, not yet. I'm sure he will be focused on. He had a game yesterday [Sunday] as well. We are all focused on our own job and that's enough." 

On watching United beat City

I think every team is completely different, every game is different and we play away from home and United were playing at home. It was a very competitive game and a very good game to watch as well on a tactical side. At the end, the boxes decided the game again.