Mikel Arteta insists he will by no means reproduction Pep Guardiola’s managerial fashion as the Arsenal boss prepares for the primary of three critical clashes with Manchester City.
Arteta labored for Guardiola as the City supervisor’s assistant for three years earlier than leaving to take over at Arsenal in 2019.
The old buddies might be competitors for 90 minutes on Friday whilst City host Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round.
They have recognised every other in view that Arteta progressed through the adolescents ranks at Barcelona, where Guardiola is respected for his time as a participant and supervisor in the Camp Nou.
But, at the same time as Arteta has continually famous Guardiola, the 40-year-old is determined to do it in his own manner on the subject of his career in control.
“I had this when I turned into a player as nicely,” Arteta advised reporters while asked if he sought to duplicate Guardiola’s fashion.
“We grew up within the identical position. I can’t manipulate that. I actually have by no means tried to duplicate and paste whatever.
“This membership deserves a great deal higher than that, and it would now not paintings that manner. Every individual and person dictates how the supervisor is, and the way the group is. And we are very one-of-a-kind.
“We are sincerely exclusive as human beings and we are very one of a kind as managers. That is why we understand every other so nicely and feature the connection that we’ve got. That is probably for someone else to respond.”
After several rocky durations at Arsenal, Arteta is showing signs and symptoms of being able to emulate Guardiola’s sustained success.
He has taken Arsenal five points clean at the top of the Premier League, with 2nd placed City seeking to inflict a mental blow on the leaders in the FA Cup.
The showdown at the Etihad Stadium is the prelude to a couple of Premier League battles later this time period so that it will form the future of the title race.
When it became positioned to the previous Everton and Arsenal midfielder that he has stepped out of his pal’s shadow, Arteta was eager to credit his fellow Spaniard for his development as a educate.
“I experience gratitude. First of all because he stimulated me as a participant and he inspired me and gave me the opportunity as a train. That’s it,” Arteta said.
“I would not be sitting here and having that willingness and love for coaching if he hadn’t depended on in my love and given me the possibility.
“I become searching at him and just wanted to acquire what he become doing. I loved the way he performed and the way he turned into transmitting at the pitch and know-how what became taking place. He changed into an notion for the reason that I became 18-years-antique.
“I suppose the have an effect on that Pep had in football inside the ultimate two decades is simply fantastically powerful, he modified the game like Johan Cruyff did inside the past, he did it like other managers have with a purpose to move (down) in records.”