Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on Mikel Arteta and the way he has transformed Arsenal into a very good side.
The Gunners are currently 10th in the Premier League table having lost 10 of our opening 24 games. That is a shocking record, but our form after Christmas has been really promising, and we should be optimistic.
Guardiola was asked about his former assistant’s side ahead of the game on Sunday. He revealed that he has watched all of Arsenal’s games over the last few months and has boldly claimed that we were better than our opponents in every single fixture.
He said, as per Manchester Evening News: “He (Arteta) doesn’t need help, he is more than well prepared. He is an important person in my life, especially when we were in a lot of contact in our period in Manchester and everything was going well.
“I didn’t inspire him. What he knows he knows for himself. I am not any influence. What he is doing, all credit for him and his backroom staff. All I can say is the last months show me that all managers need time and he is not an exception.
“What I see in the last two months every game Arsenal played is better than the opponent. We play to deserve results and sometimes you lose, you cannot control it. But what we want to deserve he is doing and the games they are playing always they are better than the opponents in terms of controlling the game, creating more chances and conceding few.”
That is a huge claim to make
Arsenal have been unlucky in plenty of games this season but to say we’ve been the better side in every fixture is a slight stretch.
We were taught a footballing lesson by Liverpool at Anfield earlier in the season before being totally outclassed by Aston Villa and even by Leeds United in our 0-0 draw against them back in November.
Guardiola is slightly biased towards his buddy Mikel, but we still have a long way to go. We’ve put ourselves in a lot of trouble after our terrible run before Christmas, and if we don’t recover in the coming months, we might end up outside the top-half.
The game on Sunday will be a very difficult one. City are on a roll and they look like they can’t be stopped at the moment. However, if Arteta can magically get one over his mentor, that confidence could push us to incredible heights in the next few months.