Why Arsenal is winning–Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Premier League leaders Arsenal are benefiting from Mikel Arteta's patience in his early years in charge.
Arteta spent three and a half years as Guardiola's assistant at City before taking on his first senior managerial role at the Emirates in 2019.
The Spaniard won the 2020 FA Cup right away, but he failed to crack the Premier League's top four in any of his first three seasons.
Arsenal are now on course to end a 19-year wait for a league title, trailing City by five points and with a game in hand.
On Friday, the two sides will meet in the FA Cup fourth round for the first of three meetings in the coming months.
"I had a gut feeling. "We saw it when he was here," Guardiola said of Arteta's coaching ability.
"The greatest compliment Arsenal has received is for believing in him and trusting him in difficult times, as well as for keeping him and relying on him.
"In the end, you need time, you need investment, and the results are there. To challenge them is a challenge for us."
Manchester City dominated English football during Guardiola's reign, winning four Premier League titles among nine major trophies.
However, in recent weeks, he has attempted to rekindle the hunger that has brought so much success in his players.
Guardiola has even used Arsenal's desire in the first half of the season as a model for his team to follow.
"The best team has 50 points in one leg (half of the season). "We have to show how far away or close we are," Guardiola said of Friday's cup match.
"I encourage them to look into it for themselves. When they are unhappy for a variety of reasons, the only solution is to perform better.
"Think in terms of the past. What happened in the past is no longer relevant. We are paid for what we will do in the future. We're going to extend the contract in the future. "The past is over."
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