Man City boss Guardiola: Arsenal better than their opponents in every game since New Year

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is full of praise for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

City go to the Emirates on Sunday gunning to stretch their consecutive winning streak to 18 and maintain a healthy lead at the Premier League summit.

But Guardiola is wary of his old assistant manager Mikel Arteta and insisted Arsenal should not be languishing in 10th place.

“Over the last month or two they’ve played better than the opponent in every game,” Guardiola said. “As a manager you want the results you deserve, sometimes it doesn’t happen.

“But in the games they are always better, controlling, creating chances and conceding few. We’ll need to play as good as possible with the ball and run a lot. They have exceptional build up, the quality and energy.”

Arteta has won plaudits for the way in which he attempts to evolve the club but his former boss refused to take credit for the apprentice’s rise.

“I didn’t inspire him,” Guardiola added. “I know absolutely that I wasn’t any influence, he takes all the credit with his staff.

“I learned off him and we worked together. I listen a lot to my assistants, most of the time we take decisions together, I don’t know the influence – he has to answer. I worked really well with him and now he’s doing it for himself.”

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