You can expect a shedding – and a lot – when two managers in particular will be back on our screens this week. To advance in their briefings the media and on the line of contact. On Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta battle for the first time. Fire friendly slaps back and compliments.
This is the arena that Arteta has always wanted to be challenged, and why, when the call from Arsenal came back last December, there has really not been able to refuse.
He had already rejected at least one other job, but a return to the Emirates, with something of a clean slate, was a proposal completely different.
Mikel Arteta (right) was the sounding of Pep Guardiola (in the middle) as his no. 2 at Man City
Arteta (right) to the left to take over at Arsenal-and now the close friends will face each other on rival teams
Manchester City was extremely sorry to see the wizard from sources well-placed describing the departure of “potentially disastrous” with Guardiola stripped of its resonance chamber.
It would be wrong to suggest that Arteta was not already aimed at the top of the branch, his last years as a player were all oriented this way, but this has also been accelerated by his stay at City. More specifically, his time with Guardiola.
The pair is very close, exchanging regular messages WhatsApp since the 38-year-old has left Manchester. Arteta has been one of the first to contact Guardiola when his mother, Dolors Sala Carrio, died after having contracted a coronavirus in April.
“Before, he was worried for his parents, because they age, and they were trying to isolate themselves,” said the boss of Arsenal. “It is really a sad news. I know very well the family.
Arteta was actually one of the first recruits of Guardiola following his arrival at the Etihad stadium four years ago, as coach of the first team, with Domenec Torrent, the No. 2 long-time until his arrival in New York in 2018.
There had been an open offer on the table for Arteta to work with Guardiola if he joined a Premier League club. When 2016 hit, Arteta has quickly cashed in after his retirement. Maybe his retirement has she even been accelerated once they have found the successor to Manuel Pellegrini.
Guardiola (left) remains very close with Arteta (right) and remains in contact via WhatsApp
Since the last years of his career as a player, Arteta is intended to become a manager
Guardiola had become convinced of the prowess of his old friend in 2012 with a phone call before Barcelona plays Chelsea in the champions League.
Impressed by the details, tactics, medico-legal, in which he is entered in the course of this conversation, it was decided that they had to work side-by-side.
The players of the city will tell you how Arteta has improved individually. Leroy Sane is the one who relied heavily on him – both on and off the field – while Rodri was the project of Arteta earlier this season.
Rodri had never played as the only presenter to Atletico Madrid or Villarreal, operating rather in two, and Arteta worked hard on his positioning. City hope that the grounding will be the midfielder flourish in his second season.
The office of Arteta at the City Football Academy has often had a few players huddled together around a whiteboard or a notebook computer looking at the annotations of the clips. It may be his age, but his way of communicating can unlock something with the players. The constant improvement of Arsenal during the first months of his mandate adds weight to this idea.
Arteta (left) has worked in close collaboration with Rodri (right) and City hope that the work will bear fruit next year
Rodri has had to adapt only to the screening of the defence and Arteta has been the key to development
He has been an assistant for only one season, but, above all, the one who made the most fun to Guardiola, preventing in any way the determination of Liverpool to become the first team in a decade to win consecutive titles. The manager thinks that Arteta has the tools to succeed if these particular star line up.
“It will be successful, yes,” said Guardiola, three months before the departure of Arteta. “Sooner or later, it (a first job in management) will occur.
“We can change something in the team thanks to his vision. Mikel has an incredible work ethic and a special talent to analyze what is happening and find solutions. It helped me a lot. “
The knowledge of Arteta of Arsenal has been used to organize victories out there, but Guardiola – who was recently named Juanma Lillo in replacement – realizes that the tables have turned and is wary of what that might face the City.
“It has more information on us than me on the Arsenal team, but it is normal “, he said before the shock of the deferred of march.
The players have often sought Arteta on the field or in the office to improve their own games.
The improvement of Arsenal since the arrival of Arteta should come as no surprise to City
“This was a huge amount of hours working together on thoughts and ideas, resolution of problems, before the match and during and after the match.
“Especially in identifying the quality of the players. He knows exactly how we like this game and the quality of the players.
“I can imagine a little what he thinks, but I’m not gone in his locker room since he is a manager and I don’t know its players.
“He knows perfectly what we feel, how we want to play. The fact that he knows every player’s strengths and weaknesses. I can imagine how he’s going to insist strongly on our weak player in these terms. The situation that we can produce, it will do so.
“For the two of us, we are fortunate that the players play and we can’t. “