Arsenal boss Unai Emery has ranked Spanish and Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola as the best manager in the world.
Emery will once again trade tackles with Guardiola’s men when Arsenal visit the Etihad on Sunday, as he bids to end his winless run.
The former PSG manager suffered a 2-0 reverse in the first League game of the campaign at the Emirates in the pair’s last clash in August.
And Emery gave the Catalan boss some accolades for his decorated career with City, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona.
“I have analysed a lot of teams and coaches and I think it’s difficult to find one coach who is better than Guardiola,” Emery said via FourFourTwo.
“His career is a very big career. We started together. He started with the Barcelona second team, I started with Lorca and Almeria [In Spain’s third and second tiers].
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“I learned a lot looking at his team — it’s good to look at each other when we are coaches to learn different things between us. I think in his career he’s doing the best in all the coaches in the world.
“He has had the possibility to take the best players at Barcelona, in Bayern and in City, little by little. He is, every year, improving with great players and also paying a lot for some players. But he led them, at Barcelona, Bayern, and City, one step more every place.”
City are five points adrift of leaders Liverpool and would be hoping to reduce the gap while the Gunners are fighting to maintain their place in the top four.