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Pep Guardiola talks up Mikel Arteta's importance amid links to Arsenal job

MANCHESTER, England -- Mikel Arteta is a big reason for Manchester City's success, Pep Guardiola has said, amid speculation linking the assistant coach with the Arsenal manager's job at the end of the season.

Arteta, 36, joined Guardiola's backroom staff two years ago after retiring from playing for Arsenal, where he spent six seasons.

With Arsene Wenger announcing his departure from the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season after 22 years, Arteta has been talked about as a possible replacement.


 By Michael Cox

Mikel Arteta's return to the Emirates shows Arsenal what they're missing

A revered leader as a player, Mikel Arteta (right) has transitioned into coaching with Manchester City.

It's become a cliche to insist Arsenal lack leaders -- but, over the past few years, they've barely ever had their club captain on the pitch.

This season, Per Mertesacker hasn't played at all. His predecessor, Mikel Arteta, managed just six league starts in his two years as club captain, while before that, then-skipper Thomas Vermaelen started only seven times in his final campaign. It means that, in Arsenal's last 141 league games, their captain has started only 13 times.

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Man City assistant Mikel Arteta denies insulting Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta has denied claims he insulted Barcelona's Lionel Messi after the teams' Champions League game on Tuesday, according to Onda Cero radio. 

Onda Cero spoke to Arteta, who did not wish to be quoted, and reported that the former Everton and Arsenal midfielder, who came through the ranks at Barca, was disappointed to be linked with a controversy that he says is false.

On Wednesday, a club source at City denied reports of an allegation to ESPN FC but...

Pep Guardiola confirms Manchester City coaching team

Pep Guardiola has confirmed his coaching team at Manchester City with five of his staff having worked with him at previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta had already revealed that he was joining Guardiola's coaching team as an assistant coach.

And former player Brian Kidd will continue as an assistant coach despite recently being linked with a similar role at rivals Manchester United.

Guardiola will be accompanied at the Etihad by his trusted confidant Manuel...

Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal exit, joining Manchester City coaching staff

Former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has confirmed he is joining Pep Guardiola's coaching staff at Mancester City.

The Spanish midfielder's contract with Arsenal expired on June 30 after a five-year stint at the club, and he had already said he expected to take up a coaching role next season.

His move to City had been widely expected, with Guardiola keen on making him part of the new backroom staff at the Etihad as the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach prepares for his first season in the...