Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola this evening spoke out over Mikel Arteta’s departure from the club, wishing his now-former assistant good luck in his new role with Arsenal.
Following weeks of speculation, the news was finally made official earlier today.
After Freddie Ljungberg failed to turn his former club’s fortunes around during a 5-game stretch as interim boss following Unai Emery’s sacking late last month, the board at the Emirates were forced to speed up their pursuit of a new manager.
And, when all discussions were said and done, those in charge in north London opted to take a risk, in appointing the inexperienced Mikel Arteta.
A post across the club’s social media platforms this afternoon confirmed that former Gunners midfielder Arteta had been handed a 3-and-a-half year deal, to take up the managerial reins at the Emirates.
🥁 Introducing our new head coach…
Mikel Arteta ✍️ pic.twitter.com/PTmElGDMR3
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 20, 2019
‘Wish him well’
Arteta’s appointment at Arsenal of course also means that the Spaniard has called time on his stint with Manchester City.
The 37-year-old had spent the last 3 and-a-half seasons working as Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man at the Etihad, learning his trade under the guidance of one of the best in the business.
And, despite Arteta having departed for one of City’s Premier League rivals, Sky Blues boss Guardiola has assured that he wishes nothing but the best for his former no.2.
Speaking in a press conference a short time ago, the Spanish tactician explained:
‘Mikel has been an excellent coach for Manchester City.’
‘He has shown impressive dedication, hard work and knowledge of football during his time here and has been a real contributor to the club’s achievements over the past few years.’
‘We all wish him well in his new role.’
Significantly, Guardiola also added:
‘I am sure he is ready for it.’