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Don’t compare Lampard & me to Klopp & Pep, warns Arteta

Frank Lampard, Mikel Arteta, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp
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The Arsenal boss admits both himself and his Chelsea counterpart are still learning their trade, so can’t be compared to the best in the business.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has rubbished the notion that both he and Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard could become the new Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

The pair have enjoyed impressive starts to their managerial careers and will go head-to-head for the third time in Saturday’s FA Cup final, each hoping to win his first trophy.

Of course, Lampard did a stellar job to secure Chelsea a top-four finish in the Premier League. He couldn’t sign new players, but still enjoyed a respectable debut campaign.

Arteta, on the other hand, took charge of Arsenal back in December. While an eighth-place finish was disappointing, he has overseen impressive victories against Liverpool and Manchester City recently.

The 38-year-old has also introduced a more attractive brand of football and seems to have instilled a feeling of the old Arsenal again.

As for them succeeding Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola as the best coaches in English football, however, Arteta admits there is still a long way to go yet

“About Frank as a player, absolutely top,” said Arteta on the Chelsea manager, via Goal.

“I think the consistency he was able to play for that many years in the position he plays at such a big club and doing what he did was incredible. Big credit to him on that.

“As a manager, he has shown since Derby the kind of ambition and person he has and the way he encourages his team to play.

“We are both young, both trying to learn our position so I wouldn’t like to compare to the two managers you mention.”