Pep Guardiola opens the door to Mikel Arteta taking Arsenal job after Manchester City victory

Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola celebrate beating Arsenal
The Spaniard remains the favourite to take over at the Emirates full-time (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola has opened the door to the possibility of Mikel Arteta swapping Manchester City for Arsenal and says he will not block his assistant from taking the Gunners job.

The Spaniard is the favourite to take over at the Emirates full-time and was in the dugout at his old stomping ground as Premier League holders City ran riot in north London, winning 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Interim boss Freddie Ljungberg has now presided over two defeats, one loss and a solitary win against West Ham in his four Premier League games in charge.

Arsenal boss Freddie Ljungberg
Ljungberg appeared powerless to stop City from running riot against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arteta, who previously captained Arsenal, is one of the stand-out candidates to take over permanently and Guardiola says he will sit down with his compatriot if he asks to leave.

Asked about Arteta’s future amid the links with Arsenal, Guardiola told Sky Sports: ‘He’s part of our staff, what is going to happen I don’t know.’

Pressed on whether they have spoken about it, he continued: ‘No, we joke. “Oh you have many offers, you have many offers, more than us!”

‘But in the end it’s personal so when he wants to talk of course we are open to talk. But it’s private. I don’t want to make him uncomfortable.’

Asked how important Arteta has been to City’s recent success, he added: ‘A lot. He’s part of the huge success we had, he was an important, important part.

Manchester City beat Arsenal at the Emirates
Arteta may have second thoughts about taking over at Arsenal after Sunday’s game (Picture: Getty)

‘So you know I think all of the media knows, I spoke two or three times on my opinion, and I think the opinion of the club, about Mikel. So what will happen will happen.’

Arsenal have only won once in the Premier League since the start of October and sit in ninth place in the table, seven points adrift of the top four; they are also seven points above the relegation zone and face a tough run of games over Christmas.

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