Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he will not try to stop his assistant manager Mikel Arteta should the latter decide to become the new boss of Arsenal
The north London outfit relieved Unai Emery of his duties at the club following an underwhelming start to the season, with a 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in Thursday’s Europa League match being the final nail in the Spaniard’s coffin.
Freddie Ljungberg was appointed an interim manager on Friday afternoon immediately following Emery’s dismissal, but the Gunners are on the hunt for a long-term solution.
Arteta, who spent five years at the Emirates as a player, was close to becoming Arsene Wenger’s heir but eventually lost the race to Emery.However, the 37-year-old is in contention for the Arsenal job again along with several other big names, including Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino.
🗣️ Pep Guardiola on Mikel Arteta:— Man City Xtra (@City_Xtra) November 29, 2019
“With my players, staff, they’re free to do what they want.
With Mikel, it’s about being a friend, I want the best for him. I want us to stay together this season and next but I don’t know what’s best for him."#MCFC pic.twitter.com/eSfUQ0LsaL
Well aware of Arteta’s managerial qualities and his ambitions to become a head coach at some point, Guardiola has admitted he will not stand in his way if his colleague decides to take over the reins at the Emirates.
“I said many times with my players, staff, they’re free to do what they want to do,” he said, as reported by The Independent. “It’s about being a friend. I want the best for him. What I want is we stay this season together and next season together, but I don’t know what’s best for him.”
As for the moment, Arteta will remain alongside Guardiola and will travel with Manchester City to Newcastle United, on Saturday late afternoon.