Guardiola Wishes ‘Excellent Coach’ Arteta Well At Arsenal

 

Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola 
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Arteta has finally been appointed  as the new Arsenal manager, with Manchester City  boss wishing him luck in his new role.

Pep Guardiola says Mikel Arteta had to “follow his dream” as the Manchester City manager’s former assistant was announced as Arsenal’s new head coach on Friday.

Arsenal have turned to their former midfielder Arteta to replace the sacked Unai Emery after agreeing a compensation package with City.

And while he was reluctant to lose Arteta, Guardiola said it was difficult to stop his compatriot taking up his first managerial post at a club where he also spent five years as a player.

“He decided to move there. When you have dreams you cannot stop it. You have to follow your dreams,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

“Arsenal was important in his career, one of the best teams in Europe, I wish him all the best. I’m sure he’ll do an excellent job.”

Guardiola is expected to promote Rodolfo Borrell, also linked with joining Arteta at Arsenal, as his new assistant.

“We’ll stay with the same people, right now we are not adding anyone. We’ll work with the people who are here,” Guardiola added.

Guardiola’s focus will now switch to Saturday’s Premier League game against Leicester, a team who stand four points ahead of City in second place after an impressive start to the season.

Despite losing defender Harry Maguire to Manchester United in the summer, Brendan Rodgers has shaped a side tipped as title dark horses.

“Yeah they did really well last season when he took over, this season too, so consistent, excellent team,” Guardiola said of Leicester.

“They sold Maguire, the others are the same, a lot of quality in the middle, counter attacks, control all departments of the team.

“Last season I had the feeling they’d fight for the top four and it’s happened, they’re a fantastic team.

“There are a lot of games to play, the distance we are from now, the teams in front or behind can change, especially in this period. We set up for tomorrow as quickly as possible and do what we have to do.”

City striker Sergio Aguero is back in contention after a seven-match absence with a thigh injury.

“He’s a top player,” Guardiola said of the Argentine.

Centre-back John Stones also trained after a muscle problem forced him out of the defeat to Manchester United, but midfielder David Silva has not recovered from a leg injury.

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Arsenal Appoint Mikel Arteta As New Head Coach

 

Manchester City’s Spanish assistant manager Mikel Arteta 
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Mikel Arteta has been appointed head coach of English Premier League side Arsenal meaning a return to the club he played more than 100 games for.

The 37-year-old Spaniard, who played for the Gunners from 2011-2016, signed a three-and-a-half year contract and ends a three-year stay as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.

He replaces compatriot Unai Emery, who was sacked last month.

“We’re delighted to announce Mikel Arteta is joining the club as our head coach on Sunday,” read an Arsenal statement.

“Mikel, a former club captain, played for us for five seasons from 2011 to 2016 and has signed a three-and-a-half year contract.”

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Middlesbrough Scuttle Arsenal’s Six-match Winning Run

arsenalArsenal’s six-match winning run came to an end against Middlesbrough but a point was enough to move them top of the Premier League table.

Manager Arsene Wenger – celebrating his 67th birthday – watched his side dominate possession but underwhelm in the final third.

The Gunners managed five efforts on target, but only one worried Boro keeper, Victor Valdes, when he pulled off a great one-handed stop to deny Alexis Sanchez.

Aitor Karanka’s side defended brilliantly and, despite conceding much of the possession to the home side, created the better chances.

Arsenal keeper, Petr Cech, blocked Gaston Ramirez’s header, twice denied the outstanding Adama Traore and also saved from Alvaro Negredo.

With A Bit Tired Legs

The home side briefly thought they had won it in injury time but Mesut Ozil’s effort was rightly ruled out for offside.

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Arsene Wenger says the energy was a bit down today

Despite remaining in 17th place, Boro should be buoyed by the display and unexpected result.

In his post-match comment, Wenger said his team had the possession but with a bit tired legs. There was not enough left in our legs today.

For him, one remarkable thing was that the team made sure they did not lose the game.

In other matches, Scott Arfield’s 90th-minute winner gave Burnley their third win of the season in a match dominated by Everton.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as stoke comfortably won at hull to move out of the relegation zone.

Nigeria striker, Ahmed Musa, scored his first goal for Leicester City, as the champions stretched their unbeaten home run to 20 games.

Winston Reid scored a late winner for West Ham to extend Sunderland’s losing streak to nine games.

Wenger Admits Arsenal Victory Was Crucial

ArsenalArsenal coach, Arsene Wenger, says it was important for his team to secure the three points in Sunday’s English Premier League match against Bournemouth.

Wenger, who said the Gunners had a strong start and were 2-0 in front with a good convincing performance, stressed however, that they were weak in some periods and suffered a bit more.

“It was important for us to not concede a goal,” the Frenchman said, adding that “the second half was about keeping the result than continuing our flow in the game”.

The Arsenal manager said that his side had not won in a while for two reasons as they had gone four games without a win, admitting that their confidence had dropped a bit.

“There were some moments where Petr Cech had to make some saves. It was very close to the end but I do not think they created many chances,” he said.

Wenger also acknowledged that Bournemouth was a good team, adding that they could beat any team.

In spite of losing to the Gunners, he said they maintained their physical level from the first to the last minute of the game.

Wenger Says Messi Shouldn’t Have Won Ballon d’Or Award For 2012

Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal revealed that to him, Lionel Messi does not deserve the Ballon d’Or award for 2012 that was awarded to him as either Cristiano Ronaldo or Andres Iniesta would have fit best to have won the 2012 edition of the award.

“No, not this year,” the Gunners boss told the Arsenal Magazine. “For me Messi is certainly the best player I have ever seen in the game, but I believe that this year he has really been rewarded for what he did individually, rather than what he won for his team.

“For once he has not been in a team that won absolutely everything. He did not win the Champions League, he did not win the Spanish league and he didn’t win anything with his country, but individually it’s true he had an exceptional year, scoring 91 goals.

“I believe he has been rewarded for that, but for me I’m more a fan of collective sport, so I feel people like [Iker] Casillas, [Cristiano] Ronaldo – who won the championship – and especially [Andres] Iniesta deserved it more.

“He’s always number two or three, but he won the European Championship with Spain – he could have deserved it this year.”

Making it his fourth time to claim the Ballon d’Or award in a ceremony that took place in Zürich, the Barca forward had Cristiano Ronaldo and Iniesta to contend with.

Taking a peep into Messi’s achievement, the only trophy the Argentine forward can boast of is the Cope Del Ray which was won last season despite his optimal performance as an individual player after he broke Gerd Muller’s goal scoring record, netting 91 times in a calendar year in contrast to Ronaldo and Iniesta who have done so much good and were also given recognition in their clubs and countries in the 2012 season after they won major laurels.