'It was weird': Arteta now shares Pep Guardiola would call him and say while he was still playing for Arsenal
Arsenal are just days away from restarting their excellent Premier League campaign.
They host West Ham United on Boxing Day looking to extend their five-point lead at the top of the table.
Arteta will have to do it without Gabriel Jesus, who picked up a serious injury while at the World Cup.
However, the rest of the Arsenal squad returned in good shape, and have enjoyed three run outs ahead of competitive action restarting.
Arteta has just celebrated his three-year anniversary in charge of the Gunners.
The club’s patience has certainly paid off, with the Spanish coach revolutionising the squad and style of play.
His faith in young players has greatly benefitted the club, and given them a platform to build on.
Arteta has now revealed that even before he was manager, Pep Guardiola used to call him.
The Manchester City boss may now be wishing he didn’t pass on quite as much knowledge as he did, with his side chasing Arsenal down in the Premier League.
Guardiola would call Arteta for advice
Speaking to Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports News, Arteta talks about his relationship with Guardiola.
“We met when I was 15 years old, he was my idol, he was the one to try to emulate if I wanted to be a first team player at Barcelona,” Arteta said.
“We built that relationship from there.
“And then it was weird because when I was still playing he was Barcelona manager and Bayern Munich manager, he used to call me to ask about English teams.
“[He would ask], ‘How would you play against that’, and we built that relationship and one day he was very clear to me, ‘the day that I’m in England, I want you’.
“’I have a dream is to do what I did at Barcelona in this league when everybody says that it’s impossible to do. And I would like your help and support and experience to help me to achieve that dream’.”
Arteta later goes on to explain that Guardiola called him to ask if he would become his assistant while he was still playing for Arsenal.
He did eventually take up that role, before taking the opportunity to become Arsenal’s manager.
His squad can clearly see his potential as a manager, with Oleksandr Zinchenko calling him an ‘amazing’ coach.
Arteta could prove that this season if he manages to get one over his old idol Guardiola and guide Arsenal to an incredible league title.
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