Pep Guardiola praises Mikel Arteta’s quality after Gunners’ horror show at Etihad

Pep Guardiola has praised Mikel Arteta’s ‘quality’ after yesterday’s 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City.

Arsenal suffered a heavy 5-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad, which marked their worst start in 67 years.

The City man has been gracious in defeat though, and pointed out that City’s near full strength team helped his side to victory.

He said: “In football, people want result, result, result. Sometimes, you have the squad – look at us, except for Phil [Foden] and Kevin [De Bruyne], all the other people are ready.

“It is easy for me. The players make our job good. The moment he has the full squad, everything is going well.

“I know him perfectly and know the quality he has as a person and as a manager.”

He also told BT Sport: “All I can say is I worked two or three years together [with Arteta], I learned many, many things.

“He is above and beyond a good manager. The correct personality, he is incredibly loved by all of us. We were sad when he left. Sometimes people expect and want results immediately.

“The squad he played today is not the team he dreamed because they have six, seven, eight injuries – really important players.

“Ben White, Thomas Partey, he cannot use the players that he needs to. All the managers need their squad.

“Absolutely, I am a big fan of him and I’m pretty sure, if they trust him, he will do a good job at Arsenal.”