Mikel Arteta is charting his coaching path as the two friends brace for a confrontation this weekend, according to Pep Guardiola. Pep Guardiola insists that he had no major effect on Mikel Arteta’s emerging managerial career.

The 1-1 draw against Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday means that Arsenal have won just once in their last five games, but Guardiola still expects a tough test from his former understudy, who he does not think has had much luck lately.

“What I see the last month or two months, every game Arsenal plays better than the opponent.”

As managers, our dream is to deserve the results. We play to deserve what we want to get. You can’t control it, either you lose or you win.

What we want to deserve is what he does and they are always better than the opponent in the games over the last month, analysis in terms of managing the game, creating more opportunities, and conceding few.
We have to have an outstanding effort to play with the ball as much as possible and run a lot at the right place to get the ball because they already have an excellent build-up.

They had amazing momentum in the final third with [Emile] Smith [Rowe], [Bukayo] Saka, and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang.

“In the future, they will be a real contender to fight for the titles.”

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