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Guardiola wants Mikel Arteta to stay at Man City

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Pep Guardiola has backed Mikel Arteta for taking the Arsenal managerial role but wants him to stay at Man City.

Arsenal appointed Freddie Ljungberg as the caretaker manager for the remainder of the season after sacking Unai Emery.

Mikel Arteta remains a promising name in the Arsenal shortlist for their next head coach. Arteta, who captained Arsenal in the past, is an assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Recently, as per Football London, Pep Guardiola spoke about Mikel Arteta’s future. The Spaniard believes Arteta to be qualified enough to take over as a manager at a club. But Guardiola insisted that he would like to see the 37-year old stay with him at the Etihad.

“No,” Guardiola replied when asked if he knows about Arteta’s future.

“He’s able to do that. But it depends on him, the club – many things that I cannot decide. He’s ready [to be a manager]. It’s right when he has an offer and he accepts the offer.

“But if you ask whether he’s ready in his knowledge of the game, as a person, as a professional, then he’s ready.

“I’m not a guy that puts a gun to the heads of my staff or players and says what they have to do. We’re human beings and everyone has dreams and desires,” Pep Guardiola said.

“Hopefully, he can stay this season and the next one – as long as possible in this club. That would be my dream, but Mikel has his own life and I will never say what he has to do.”