Pep Guardiola Does Not Believe Manager Mikel Arteta Is to Blame for Arsenal’s Destruction

Published 08/29/2021, 6:30 AM EDT


Arsenal’s worrying start to the season continues as they suffer a 5-0 loss at the hands of the defending champions Manchester City. Mikel Arteta could only watch as his side was thoroughly outclassed at the Emirates stadium. However, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola still backs his former assistant.

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Arteta trained under Guardiola at Manchester City and was the assistant manager. The former Arsenal player had a knack for management ever since his playing days started waning. Hence, he’s one of the youngest managers in the world of football at only 39 years of age.

Guardiola spoke about him after the match and talked about Arsenal’s tough schedule. The North London club recently fought and beat West Brom three days ago. The Spanish manager brought it up in his post-match interview.

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In this season, if you look at the schedule, that period now is over. We had two weeks of training to prepare the games, two weeks. Arsenal had three days to prepare, we had seven days,” Guardiola said.

He also talked about Arsenal’s terrible injury record and the fact that their midfield stalwart Granit Xhaka was sent off after 35 minutes.

They have 6/7 injuries to important players. Except for Phil (Foden) and Kevin (De Bruyne), the rest of our squad is fit. 2-0, and then sending off, so it was a big big advantage for us,” he added.

Despite the circumstances, it’s still a massively embarrassing low for a club that calls itself a big 6 club in the English top flight. The days ahead are hard for Arsenal fans.

Mikel Arteta is on thin ice this season.

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After back-to-back finishes in the 8th position in the league, the Spanish manager needed to switch things up. However, the new season has started horribly for them as the North London club is last in the Premier League table with 0 points from three games against City, Chelsea, and Brentford FC.

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While City and Chelsea are big clubs with deep squads, Arsenal should have beaten Brentford, who are a newly promoted side. Moreover, they didn’t score a goal in the Premier League this season and Arteta is closer to the exit door.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a football writer at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for football to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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