Guardiola tells Arsenal he will let Spaniard leave for Arsenal if Gunners come calling

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that he will not stand in the way of Mikel Arteta joining Arsenal.

Unai Emery has failed to get the club back challenging for a Premier League title, playing Champions League football and simply moving forward from the Arsene Wenger days, which many fans believed would happen with his appointment.

And that, of course, led to the sacking of the Spanish boss earlier this week, with speculation now turning to whom the Gunners could bring in over the next few weeks to help lead this Arsenal side back to the very top of the game, with Arteta on the shopping list.

And although Guardiola is reluctant to lose him, as believes he is a huge asset to City, he believes that Arteta can become a top manager and will not stand in the way of the Spaniard if Arsenal do come calling in the coming days, TELLING THE TALKSPORT WEBSITE: “I said many times with my players, staff, they’re free to do what they want to do.

“With Mikel, it’s about being a friend, I want the best for him.

“What I want is that we stay together this season and next season but I don’t know what’s best for him.

“But on Saturday he travels to Newcastle.”

Guardiola also said he had not spoken with Arteta about the Arsenal job.

He said: “I often speak with Mikel but I don’t know his future plans. We want to protect him and hopefully he can stay with us.”

Arsenal have already missed out on some top managers since the departure of Arsene Wenger, and they need to make the right choice now before they continue heading into the wrong direction.

Arteta is a massive asset to the City side and they will do all they can to keep hold of the Spaniard, but if Arsenal are looking for a coach with a lot of potential, then he is surely their man?



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